I've been an active member of the PTA ever since my children started school. I enjoy playing a role in their education, even in this limited capacity. One of my duties as part of the PTA is to help decide what kind of fundraisers to host at various times during the year in order to raise money for the school's clubs and activities. We've tried several different fundraisers in the past, including having a bake sale and selling candy bars door to door in the neighborhood, but neither of those went over very well. Then we tried putting on a school fair, complete with carnival games, and that turned out to be a smashing success!
At first, members of the PTA felt that we should vary our fundraising activities as much as possible. But the kids had so much fun with fair and the carnival games made us so much money that we were finally allowed to make it an annual event. Although we were very happy about that, it would definitely mean more work for us in terms of planning and preparation. The most important aspect of the fundraiser, of course, were the carnival games, so we decided to focus on those right from the start.
The carnival games we used at the first fair were just homemade creations that we whipped together in the two weeks leading up to the event. Those carnival games weren't sophisticated at all and certainly weren't built to last, so we would obviously have to replace them. After a bit of discussion, the PTA decided that it would be better to purchase professionally made carnival games than to try to make all of them ourselves. However, since we were working with a small budget, we wanted to find someplace that sold discount carnival games so we wouldn't have to spend too much money right off the bat. We found the best prices online, and were able to order many fun carnival games for all of our future events from a wholesaler that specialized in gaming supplies.
Now that we have a full range of carnival games, we are sure to be able to raise a lot of money at our annual school fair. I'm so impressed with the quality and easy set up of the carnival games that the PTA bought that I'm even going to suggest these items to my church group for their fundraisers. After all, with the right carnival games, everyone wins!