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Harrison's Camp Brookside Winds Down with Carnival

HARRISON, N.Y. - Harrison's Camp Brookside let loose Thursday night when downtown's Ma Riis Park turned into a carnival extravaganza.

The sounds of kids screaming in excitement couldn't be drowned out by the live music as the park became filled with games, a pie-eating contest, food and activities.

"It's a great chance for these kids to have fun and interact with their counselors," Brookside Office Manager Theresa Gasparre said.

The event ran Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the downtown Ma Riis Park and included sponge-throwing, fish pong, a bounce-house and more.

"Kids were showing up early," Gasparre said. "We had to get (started) early because they couldn't wait."

Gasparre and other camp workers sold tickets so kids could participate in the games. The money collected by the carnival will be used to fund the camp with supplies and activities, Gasparre said.

"It's a great way to get the parents and the kids out together," Gasparre said. "It's a lot of fun."

The carnival comes as Camp Brookside begins to wind down its summer season. Kids will help send off their summer experiences with a musical performance at Ma Riis Park Wednesday with summer songs.

Camp Brookside comes to Harrison courtesy of the town's recreation department .

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