Emmett Bradley, 7, of Rogers Forge, waves to his family as he… (Photo By Noah Scialom )
Good weather, good crowds and a host of attractions — from rides to a dunk tank, food to raffles — combined to make a successful 2012 edition of the St. Pius X Carnival, hosted this past weekend at the church and school on York Road in Towson.
During the three-day event, from Friday to Sunday, carnival patrons enjoyed rides and games, appearances by sports mascots, raffles, a silent auction and food that included pit beef, crab cakes, baked goods, fudge and lemonade.
The event also included sales of collectibles, used books and other items.
As usual, the carnival runs on the merits of volunteers who pitch in to help with everything from setting up taking tickets. Members of the parish also baked the items for the bake table, donate items to sell and also packed the silent auction with donations.
The event is a tradition for the church, and raises money for projects that help the parish's outreach to the community.
But perhaps just as important, the carnival atmosphere brings the St. Pius X family together — with neighbors from Rodgers Forge, Gaywood and greater Towson.
"It was so nice to see so many people from St. Pius X and the community during the weekend," said Carol Pacione, pastoral life director at St. Pius X Church and School. "it's always nice to see people come to our carnival for the first time and their amazement at all we have to offer.
"Thanks to our amazing staff of volunteers each year, we were able to make this event happen," she said. "There were lots of happy faces during the weekend, and the weather was fantastic!