Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

Tamarack Elementary's First Principal Recalls Carnival's Origins

carnival1 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (5/1/13) – Tamarack Elementary School is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special opportunity during its annual carnival. The carnival has been an Owensboro tradition for almost three generations, but there might not be such tradition if not for Tamarack’s first principal, Glenn Young. The carnival was the brainchild of Young, who organized it as a fundraiser for the school.

The first-ever carnival was held on April 16, 1963, and cost $429.00. The school’s profit was $46.60. Despite the shortfall, the carnival has become an instrumental part in the school’s fundraising efforts. This year, it is expected to generate between $8,000 and $10,000 in proceeds.

Young was the principle of Tamarack Elementary School when it first opened in 1963. He said that in the first year the carnival had only three rides.

“One of the rides is a swing ride that was built in 1929,” said Young. “They still use a remodeled version of that ride in the carnival today.”

Young also recalled a story about a drainage ditch that ran alongside the dirt road that would later become Tamarack Road.

“People always drove into that ditch,” said Young. “Every year, people would drive by and see the carnival at the school, and every year, we had to tow someone out of that ditch because they always ran off the road while looking at the carnival.”

The proceeds from this year’s carnival will go to finance new SMART boards, Accelerated Reader Incentives, and classroom supplies.

“I’m extremely proud to have been the first principle at Tamarack,” Young said, “and I’m proud to have been there for the beginning.”

Rides, chili supper, concessions and games begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 3, with rides and games open until 10 p.m. Bargain bracelets are available for $15 each, allowing the wearer to ride as many rides as s/he wishes.The carnival resumes with rides and concessions for two sessions on Saturday – from noon to 5 p.m. and from 5 to 10 p.m. – with bargain bracelets available for rides during each session.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, all current and former Tamarack students, families and staff members are invited to a special open house and carnival from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Cake will be served at 1 p.m., and those attending may enjoy tours of Tamarack to see how much things have changed over the years.

 “We’re the oldest elementary school in the Daviess County Public schools,” said principal Allison Coomes. “But on the inside we have lots of the updates from recent years, and would like for folks to come walk down memory lane.”

The day will also feature special ride prices of only 25 cents each.

“We look forward to the Tamarack Carnival every year as an opportunity to welcome back those who have enjoyed this event as part of their family tradition,” said Coomes. “We are excited about this year’s ‘homecoming’ event as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our school and the carnival.”

This is Coomes’ ninth year as principle of Tamarack Elementary. Previously, she was a teacher at the school.

Alex Reid
SurfKY News
Photo provided by SurfKY Graphics

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

button coupons
button classifieds

In Other News...

Greenville Representatives Taking Part in Austin, Texas National Congress of Cities Event

GREENVILLE, Ky. (11/22/14) ― Representatives from the City of Greenville and the Greenville Tourism Commission are… Read More

KSP Post 16 Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement

HENDERSON, Ky. (11/22/14) — The Thanksgiving Holiday is typically one of the busiest as well as one of the deadliest… Read More

Most Read This Week

November 21, 2014 5333

Man Accused of Assaulting Coach During Basketball…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
November 18, 2014 5148

Couple Charged for Concealing Food in Infant Car…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
November 17, 2014 4631

Police Charge Woman for Drug Possession After…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
November 17, 2014 3853

Bremen Woman Ejected From Vehicle During Kentucky…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper S.C. Recke
November 21, 2014 3267

Crashing Dump Trucks in Work Zone Cause Pennyrile…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper Stu Recke
November 18, 2014 3185

Area Talent to Film Music Video at Merle Travis…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
November 19, 2014 3064

Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision on South…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gwen Smith
November 19, 2014 2870

Two Killed When Vehicle Becomes Airborne, Strikes…

in Local (Owensboro) Top News by Daviess County Sheriff's Office
November 21, 2014 2457

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
November 21, 2014 2330

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Nov. 21, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department

Stories Trending Today

November 22, 2014 1874

One Injured in Two Vehicle Collion in Greenville

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Miria Thomas
November 21, 2014 1510

KSP Announces 'Cram the Cruiser' to Feed the…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Stu Recke
November 22, 2014 1420

Greenville Representatives Taking Part in Austin,…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
November 21, 2014 1411

Kentucky Employers to Save About $112 million

in General News For All Sites by Cathy Lindsey
November 22, 2014 1390

SAR Planning 'Triple' Revolutionary War Patriot…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Geoff Baggett
November 22, 2014 1315

Pennyrile Dulcimer Players Demonstrate Unique…

in Top News For All Sites by Ron Sanders
November 22, 2014 1306

Carve a Turkey Like a Pro

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
November 22, 2014 1245

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

in Hopkins News by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
November 22, 2014 1147

P'Pool Among Top Performing Child Support…

in Hopkins News by Cabinet for Health and Family Services
November 21, 2014 1090

Kentucky State Parks Winter Holiday Events

in General News For All Sites by Gil Lawson

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss