The seventh annual Mountain Lion Carnival was held on April 6–9 on the football field. The carnival was the Red Mountain Football Association’s biggest fundraising event of the year and was held in order to raise funds for athletes in Red Mountain’s football program.
After several successful years of carnival fun, the carnival was back and bigger than ever before. To attract people to the event, the Red Mountain Football Association paired up with Butler Amusements and secured 20 full-sized rides for the event, including the 100-foot “Vertigo.”
If rides weren’t a big enough reason to attend, continuous live entertainment with a DJ, dance groups and local bands were all available for free. While admission to the carnival was free, unlimited ride tickets were available for pre-sale or purchase at the gate the day of the event.
The Red Mountain Football Association views the carnival as a way to bring the community together and give teens something fun to do.
“From footballs, uniforms and equipment to travel expenses and food, the carnival allows us to provide our boys the best high school football experience possible,” Varsity Head Coach Mike Peterson said.
Football players in jerseys helped to run the event. Coaches believe the voluntary work helps the boys develop skills that will help them prepare for college and life. Participating football players performed tasks like taking out the trash, managing the ticket booth and collecting tickets at rides.
Overall, the annual Mountain Lion Carnival had something for everyone. From the food and rides to the live entertainment, this year’s carnival did not disappoint.
(Featured photo by Gerry Groeber Photography)