The MUS Carnival

It’s that time of year again: On Saturday, April 19, Montecito Union School will hold its 39th annual carnival. The event, to be held “rain or shine,” is historically the PTA’s biggest fundraiser, and this year promises to be no exception.

A Steering Committee made up of parent volunteers is planning the highly anticipated event, including PTA President Michele Cuttler and last year’s Carnival Chair Marni Rozet. This year, in addition to the popular rides and attractions the carnival is known for, MUS is partnering with Santa Barbara Non-profit Community Environmental Council (CEC). In celebration of Earth Day, which falls on April 22, CEC is hosting a table at MUS carnival that will feature a kid’s Earth Day activity as well as tips on how to help the environment. “This is a new and exciting addition to the Carnival,” said Rozet.

The hit attraction, “MUS Idol,” an American Idol-like contest, will be back this year, along with a Wii competition, obstacle course, rock climbing wall, 27’ giant slide, and Ty Warner Beanie Baby Roulette. You can also expect to see traditional Carnival staples including a bake sale, goldfish toss, face painting and raffle. Eric Greenspan from Make it Work will be back providing his emcee skills and electronic equipment.

Woody’s BBQ and Coast Village Road gelato parlor Here’s the Scoop will be on hand, providing food and treats for the event which is expected to attract 2,500 to 3,000 visitors. Cuttler explained that Woody’s and Here’s the Scoop give a percentage of their proceeds from the event back to the school. Many corporate sponsors have donated to or provided discounted or free services to the cause, including Village Properties, Rabobank. Mission Linen, Milpas Rentals, Pacific Tree Company, and Luna’s Jump. Santa Barbara Bank and Trust is sponsoring the carnival’s tee-shirts that will be given to each student this year. “We are still looking for corporate sponsors and donations,” Cuttler added.

Last year, the carnival brought in over $100,000, which went towards funding MUS programs. Classroom grants, lunchtime Art Programs, the MUS Organic Garden, the Healthy Hot Lunch Program, and various artists-in-residence programs are just a few of the enrichment programs the event supports. “We only do two fundraisers a year,” said Cuttler, “The jog-a-thon provides twenty percent of funds and the carnival provides eighty percent.”

Raffle prizes include gift certificates from local restaurants including Lucky’s, Cava, Montecito Café, Tre Lune, and Via Vai. Montecito Inn, El Capitan Canyon and Ojai Valley Inn and Spa have also donated gift packages. A silent auction will take place to auction off class projects and a live auction will allow parents to bid on two coveted parking spaces, eight “sing seats” and the chance to be principal for a day. “This is an MUS tradition,” Rozet said about the event, “and every year it gets bigger.”

Mark Your Calendar:

The MUS Carnival will take place Saturday, April 19 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Montecito Union School Terrace, 385 San Ysidro Road. For more information contact Marni Rozet at 805-252-7988.