The Muddy Creek Fair buzzed with happy families playing games and chatting on what turned out to be Pearl River's first balmy-weathered day since the last huge snowfall.
Every child was given a prize for playing and the parents seemed happy to relax as their children played in Franklin Ave Elementary School's multipurpose room.
Snacks and drinks were sold and the smell of caramel popcorn added to the lovely cacophony of carnival games.
Volunteers face painted and ran the carnival games, which varied from a classic beanbag toss to a very fun and unorthodox "Milk the Cow" game. Everyone who attended seemed delighted with the choices, especially the kids.
"I milked a cow and got a ticket," said Ava Clapp, rather pleased with her milkmaid abilities.
"I got a sailboat," said her sister, Maya Clapp.
Cute, little Katie McConeghy, a student at Good Shepherd, was so happy with her purple and pink prize doll that she simply jumped up and down and giggled when asked if she was having fun.
The older kids got involved as well. Tom Price, art teacher at Franklin Ave, helped his Student Council volunteers at their booth, which was a huge hit.
"As part of the Muddy Creek Fair, we have the students sign up and take shifts at the Student Council booth," explained Price.
Even Franklin Avenue Principal Carla Silberstein got her hands dirty, helping with admission tickets and welcoming the families into her school.
"It's a great opportunity for everyone in the community to go to Franklin Ave and enjoy," Silberstein said.
The Muddy Creek Fair took place on March 5th from 11am to 3pm. Money raised goes to the Franklin Ave PTA to help support cultural learning events for the students.