ACU Homecoming carnival attracts record number of people

For immediate release
Oct. 22, 2001

Abilene Christian University's annual Homecoming Carnival attracted the largest turnout in recent history of students, alumni and children Friday night.

An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people visited the carnival, which was held near the ACU Campus Center, and included entertainment such as inflatable attractions, face painting, children's games, clowns and music.

"We were really excited about how things turned out," said Jama Cadle, coordinator of alumni relations and carnival organizer. "It was quite an event."

Cadle said more people have been showing up to the carnival in the last few years since organizers started adding more family oriented attractions.

More than 700 wristbands were sold for $3 at the carnival for children wanting to use the inflatable attractions, though most of the entertainment was provided free of charge.

Also, about 500 prizes were given away at the various children's games set up at the carnival.

"Our goal was not to make money," Cadle said. "We just wanted to cover some of the costs."

Promotions for the event this year included flyers, local newspaper ads and a 30-foot inflatable gorilla near the ACU campus.

Cadle said based on this year's carnival, she thinks even more may show up during Homecoming 2002

"We're really expecting more," she said.


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