Dr. Roberts also acknowledged the feedback and constructive criticism by some of the attendees, and told TLS he is looking to correct the issues to ensure the amazing event is made even more amazing.
“At the Pesach carnival bike show, we observed that the first few rows of people blocked the view of those who were standing behind them,” Dr. Roberts said. “We realized that we would need bleachers for future shows.”
“For this Succos carnival, we knew that the trampoline acrobats would solve the visibility problem since they would be high in the air. For the dog show, we placed it at the bottom of a hill with the expectation that the hill would serve as bleachers. This did not work. The incline of the hill was insufficient to substitute for bleachers. We’ll have to do something differently next time.”
As for the shows, “both shows were great,” says Dr. Roberts. “We’ll consider bringing back one or both of those shows and look at other shows. We screen the shows for music, lyrics, frumkeit of the topic, sneas, and interest to our attendees, so there is some work involved in the screening process. We looked at, but rejected for various reasons, for this carnival an African drum show, a science show, a reptile show, and a bird show.”
“Lastly, I am considering a Lakewood-frum-child talent show where we will pre-screen the acts and put on local frum kids with a showman talent for maybe 10 minutes each. This could be done between the other shows or it could run as a third show while the other two shows alternate.”
“For the cotton candy, we finished most of the 600 pounds of sugar. For the popcorn, Rabbi Ely plans to create a device to speed the filling of bags with the popped popcorn to increase the rate of distribution since we made popcorn faster than we could bag it. This will only apply to the next Succos since corn is kitneas on Pesach.”
The system of marking the hands of children who received the jawbreaker or bicycle light worked well in assuring that they distributed only one jawbreaker and bicycle light per child, says Dr. Roberts. “This slowed the lines a bit but we have no choice given past experience.”
And as for the bit of rain, Dr. Roberts says the decision to keep the event on Monday was thought out too.
“I had to make a decision on Sunday afternoon if the carnival would be on Monday or be delayed until Tuesday. On Sunday afternoon, the Monday weather forecast was for hourly chances of rain were about 8% for most of the day but about 31% in the first hour of the carnival. Tuesday was supposed to be warmer and partly sunny. However, the problem with moving the carnival to the rain date of Tuesday was that the Wednesday forecast was for heavy rain. If I moved the carnival to Tuesday when I had to make the decision on Sunday, and the Wednesday rain moved forward, then there might be no carnival at all. Therefore, I stayed with Monday and we only had a few short cases of a drizzle.”
[TLS. Photos by TLS-YR/TLS-HM/Lakewood Shopper]