APR 12, 2017

ASHVILLE — The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village is hosting its seventh annual Easter Carnival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Safety Village, 2695 Route 394 in Ashville, next to BOCES.

Children ages 12 years and younger can visit the many miniature buildings that make up the Safety Village to play games and win candy and prizes. There will also be food and drinks available for those touring the miniature training grounds.

New this year, children between the ages of 5 and 9, depending on size and ability, can test their driving skills at the village’s obstacle course, where they will get the chance to drive miniature cars. Organizers have also arranged for a bounce house for those ages 12 years and younger, along with train rides, face painting and children’s crafts.

The Easter Bunny will be paying a special visit to have his picture taken with children. Belle from Beauty and the Beast will also be present for pictures.

Be the first to find one of four golden eggs and receive an Easter basket, along with a $25 deposit into a new savings account at Lake Shore Savings bank, located at Wegman’s plaza. Lake Shore Savings Bank has been a supporter of the Children’s Safety Village for many years and is one of the 28 businesses that has a miniature building within the village.

The Easter Parade will start at noon, sponsored a second year by All American Karate. Owners John and Angie Lipari are awarding prizes for the best Easter appearance. Also, there will be a corn hole tournament to win one of three bikes ranging in size from a trainer up to an adult bike. The top 10 scorers will return at 12:45 p.m. for a final competition. The winner will walk away with a brand new bike. Bikes have been donated this year by Wal-Mart, who has also been a supporter of the safety village for many years and also has a miniature building within the village. In addition, the Jamestown Cycle Shop has donated a bike for all seven years of the event.

“We appreciate the support, of all the businesses, organizations, service clubs and individuals who have supported the safety village year after year, beginning in 1996,” said Terri Kindberg, safety village executive director. “Since opening for classes in 2010, we have trained over 22,500 children through the hands-on safety classes offered at the safety village, which is one of only 14 in the entire United States. We also appreciate the support and collaboration of the local fire departments, fire police, law enforcement and agencies such as the Cassadaga Job Corps., Foster Grandparents and RSVP who volunteer endless hours assisting the safety village with events such as this. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of a generous community.”

The carnival will take place rain or shine.

Upcoming events include the Hit ‘Em and Bag ‘Em Tournament, a softball and corn-hole tournament taking place May 20 at Bergman Park. The village will also host its inaugural Safety Village Gala Sept. 30 at the Chautauqua Inn and Suites followed by the Halloween Fun Fair at the Safety Village from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 and Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 2. For more information, call Terri Kindberg, safety village executive director, at 499-8138, like the village on Facebook or visit www.chautauquasafetyvillage.com.