Carnival Time

Hot Dog Eating Contest 7pm Friday, June 14

Sponsored by Belle Foods


FLORENCE – Becky Newman looks forward every year to taking her grandchildren to the carnival. “When I can take them to a family-friendly event and help abused and neglected children by going, I’m all for it.” Newman is referring to CASA’s Summer Carnival fundraiser in town June 11-15 beside Heritage Christian University on Helton Drive in Florence. “The kids just love the rides and games, and I get to treat myself to a caramel apple,” said Newman.

“We’ve been very fortunate to work with a safety-conscious carnival company producing a quality carnival fundraiser for the past three years. This year’s carnival is no different,” said Andrea Holt, CASA Program Director.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is hosting its Summer Carnival event this year on the grounds of the Heritage Christian University as one of its primary fundraisers. “Non-profits are being hit hard with budget cuts and funding restrictions. We have a responsibility to raise the money needed to help the children we serve. Summer Carnival is one of CASA’s largest fundraisers each year that helps us bridge the funding gap,” Holt added.

Hot Dog Eating Contest

Special events planned in conjunction with the Summer Carnival are a Hot Dog Eating Contest on Friday night and a Grand Prize Drawing slated for Saturday. The Torres Family Circus will perform a free show nightly. Armbands are available nightly for unlimited rides.

CASA is hosting the 2013 Hot Dog Eating Contest sponsored by Belle Foods on Friday, June 14 at 7pm. Three age categories will have a 10-minute opportunity to devour the most hot dogs all for the sake of helping abused and neglected children. Each age category is limited to 10 participants. The registration fee per participant is only $20 and every bit of that will help our agency continue serving abused and neglected children in our community. Age categories for entry are 12 and under; 13-18; and 19 and above. Participants under the age of 19 will need a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. “There’s been a sort of challenge put out there for some local football players, so we will see what happens,” Holt said with a smile.

CASA’s Board President, Jan Ingle, remarked, “We have to thank a lot of people and businesses in the community that work with CASA to make the Summer Carnival a success. Partnerships like these are very important to the work that our volunteers do for children and we can’t thank the community enough for stepping up and helping CASA.”

Gates at the Summer Carnival will open daily at 5pm. There is no charge for admission or parking. Armband tickets will be available at the gate. For more information, or to check daily discount deals, go to CASA’s Facebook page (CASA of Florence/Lauderdale County, Alabama) or call 256-765-0041.