By Grace Sweeney
For five days, games and rides replaced cars in Holly Hill Mall parking lot as the carnival came to town.
Ricky Williams, who works at the carnival, said he enjoys travelling and meeting new people.
“I like working out here at the carnival,” he said. “You get to meet a lot of beautiful people and you get to make a little money.”
But the fair is not just for fun: 20 percent of the carnival’s profit goes to the D.A.R.E. program.
D.A.R.E., which stands for drug abuse resistance education, educates middle schoolers the effects of drugs and alcohol.
“Throughout the program,” said Corporal Jack Boyles, “we talk about making healthy choices, wise choices.”
Boyles runs the D.A.R.E. program in Burlington, and said the idea of a carnival came up at a conference.
“We got talking to a lot of D.A.R.E. officers in the county,” he said, “and we wanted to promote awareness of the D.A.R.E. program that’s going on here in our county, along with raising funds for the program.”
The carnival gave back to the community by giving some screams.