Community celebrates Easter with carnival

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Trends Reporter

Though a misty drizzle hung over the event, not even the weather could stop Farmer Fred’s Garden Spring Carnival.

Over 1000 San Marcos residents and their families gathered Thursday at the San Marcos City Park to play spring-themed games, snack on carnival food and hunt for thousands of hidden Easter eggs.

Jessica Ramos, city youth services manager, said the carnival has been going on for over nine years, becoming a tradition in the San Marcos community for local families and children.

Victoria Van de Ryt, recreation specialist, emphasized that volunteers are a huge part of this event. The event is put on by the community services department but includes Texas State students and volunteers.

“This is a long-standing event, but it is a free family event, which is kind of hard to find nowadays in a college town,” Vanderyt said. “There is always something for any age group to do.”

Because the event is so large, Texas State’s programming class gets involved for the entire semester to help with planning and make sure everything runs smoothly on the night of carnival.

Morgan Morman, recreational administration sophomore, knows firsthand the work and effort it takes to get Farmer Fred’s Garden Spring Carnival ready for action.

“Being involved with the carnival was a really big learning experience,” Morman said.  “I actually did it for my programming class (and) worked behind the scenes and did things like the press release and making the flyers.”

Morman said working on the event provided great real-world experience, as program creation is something she wishes to pursue post-grad.

Morman explained that after setting up all day with the threat of rain overhead, some didn’t think the event would go on as scheduled. Fortunately, the weather cleared up enough for families to have a good time.

“When you have 12,000 Easter eggs, and you see all the kids running toward the eggs trying to get all of the candy that they can with the biggest smile on their face, it is a lot of fun,” Morman said.