Cross-generation fun at First Vanderhoof Senior’s Carnival

Nearly 100 community members from different generations partied over games, prizes, and treats at Vanderhoof’s first Senior’s Carnival

Local artist Elizabeth Miller (right) decorates a young carnival participant’s face at the Senior’s Carnival in the Nechako Senior Friendship Centre on Sept. 23.

Local artist Elizabeth Miller (right) decorates a young carnival participant’s face at the Senior’s Carnival in the Nechako Senior Friendship Centre on Sept. 23.



Nearly 100 community members from different generations partied over games, prizes, and treats at Vanderhoof’s first Senior’s Carnival on Sept. 23.

From 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nechako Senior Friendship Centre, some carnival goers played 25-cent games such as the fishing hole, bean bag toss, photo booth, face painting, and darts, while others socialized over handmade chocolates, ice cream, and various refreshments provided by local businesses.

Highest ticketed items for prizes were hotel nights and flight vouchers offered by Ens Travel’s paper airplane toss station.

“For the first time, it was a really good turn out,” said Marina Ens, coordinator of Vanderhoof Seniors Connected and organizer of the carnival. “Just to get the seniors out of their home, with the town, socializing.

“Just a fun night out.”

Playing darts and buying handmade treats, Sonny and Donna Mayea supported the event in venue rental. They also provide an annual Christmas shopping bus service for seniors to Prince George.

“It’s an awesome idea,” Donna said, adding that they want to give back to the community and the seniors are a group that they support. “I like how we have all the ages here.