Old-Fashioned Carnival Coming to Goodwin College in August
Goodwin College is bringing all the fun of the Ferris wheel and carousel to campus in late August, all for the benefit of student scholarships.
The Goodwin College Summer Carnival makes its debut on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25. Admission is free to enter the Carnival, to be held on the Goodwin College River Campus on Riverside Drive.
The Carnival is a first for the College, which hopes to establish a new tradition, set for a weekend in late August just before children return to school. There are no other carnivals or fairs scheduled to travel to East Hartford during the Summer or Fall.
Visitors can buy tickets for a variety of rides, including a Ferris wheel, flying swings, merry-go-round, giant slide, and more. There will also be kids’ rides, game booths, and all the carnival food favorites from fried dough to funnel cake.
“We are delighted to bring the fun directly to our campus and to East Hartford as a whole. The Carnival will give our students, families, and employees a chance to celebrate the season with our families and friends,” said Jennifer Henry, chair of the College’s Student Experience Committee, which is planning the event on Goodwin’s behalf.
In addition to rides, games, and food, a circus troupe of acrobats and other performers will entertain guests of all ages.
Proceeds will benefit the Goodwin College Foundation, the College’s fundraising arm that supports student scholarships. The Foundation raises millions of dollars to support the College’s mission of providing educational opportunities to students from all backgrounds, and events like the Carnival will help to make education possible for many students.
The East Hartford Town Council unanimously approved the Carnival on July 16.