Instead of bib overalls, some Wheeler Farm denizens will be sporting baggy pants and wild red hair on Saturday, Sept. 26. Volunteer clowns from several of the Utah Jesters clown clubs will gaily announce the Fall Carnival, sponsored by the Salt Lake Corporate Volunteer Council and benefiting the Guadalupe Schools.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., admission to the farm will be $1 and carnival games and rides will be 50 cents. Volunteers from the council will operate entertainment such as basketball toss, balloons, faro wheel, bean bag toss, fish pond, flamingo flip and salt art and face- painting booths. The Utah Jester clowns will make balloon animal figures for Wheeler Farm's pint-size guests.Carnival attendees can feast at food booths offering Mexican and Vietnamese specialties. Pancho Villa will supply chicken, pork or beef rolled tacos with salsa and sour cream. Helen's Restaurant and Garden Cafe will bring some of its East European cuisine with fresh autumn sausage, Czech saurkraut with caraway seeds, black bread and a tomato wedge for $3. There will be Domino's pizza, spring rolls, Doubletree cookies, Gastronomy lemonade, soft drinks donated by Coca-Cola, sno-cones and popcorn.
A bike from Bingham Cyclery and dinners at Fong Ling Restaurant and Maxi's at the Red Lion Inn will be raffled off.
The Corporate Volunteer Council is composed of businesses and organizations that recognize the importance of voluntarism in the community. Carolyn Rowse, chairman of the CVC, encourages regular Wheeler Farm patrons to note this added attraction on Sept. 26.
CVC members involved in the carnival are: American Express, Deseret News, EIMCO, Evans & Sutherland, Intermountain Health Care, Northwest Pipeline, Questar, Salt Lake County, US WEST, Utah State Office of Education and Westminster College. The Bennion Center at the University of Utah is also sending volunteers. Through the work of Pamela Atkins of IHC, a mentor program with IHC, Bennion Center and U. faculty members has "adopted" 10 low-income families and will sponsor them at the carnival.
All proceeds will benefit the programs of Guadalupe Schools including the Early Learning Center, Pre-school and Voluntary Improvement Program.
Freddie Nebeker, development director for the Guadalupe Schools, is excited about the new preschool program this year. "This is a very big undertaking and we're thrilled to have community support to do it. Experience has shown us that you've got to get all children earlier - studies prove that very few children are prepared for kindergarten, especially poverty/minority children who don't get that boost at home," she said. Young mothers are being taught the benefit of interaction with their babies rather than letting them sit in infant seats and propping a bottle up to feed them. "They are discovering `early learning experiences' and we're seeing a difference on our second testing," said Nebeker.
"Many times we do things for a good cause, but it doesn't have a face," said Nebeker. Volunteers in the Guadalupe Schools are able to help children in poverty as well as immigrants who need help with English. "There is immediate feedback and they see the person they're trying to help," Nebeker said. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to call the Guadalupe Schools at 531-6100.