Mission accomplished: Will’s carnival a busy beehive of activity

LAUREL – One of the Power Rangers was there.

So were Micky Mouse and reigning 2017 Miss Delaware Chelsea Bruce, along with scores of kids, parents and grandparents.

Chick Berry Farms was a beehive of activity Sunday as 15-year-old Will Kenney’s fourth annual Will’s Carnival for a Cause took center-stage.

Farm wagon hayrides, a duck train, bounce houses, a petting zoo, rock climbing wall, paintball shooting gallery, a virtual reality game, food and craft vendors, silent and Chinese auctions and more than three dozen homemade games were among the attractions in the four-hour fun-in-fundraising spectacle.

Raising money for Dysautonomia International and awareness for those who have the autonomic nervous system dysfunction was the two-sided mission. Based on the massive turnout it appears it was mission accomplished.

“Super-tastic!” roared Power Ranger.

“It was great, and it brought the community together, I’d say,” said Will, a Sussex Central High School sophomore.

Among those on hand: local businessman Jim Weller, who offered support this year in welcoming Will as a guest several times on his Saturday morning Weller Does Delmarva radio broadcasts.

“Jim Weller helped us a lot, really,” said Will,

Neither the Power Ranger, Mickey Mouse or Miss Delaware made it into the dunking booth. Dylan Barlow did, numerous times. He said he volunteered to make a splash as a “friend of the Kenney family.”

Music entertainment/emcee service was provided by DJ Whisper (Jeff Larrimore), who is 4 for 4 in support of Will’s Carnival for a Cause efforts. “They have got me for life, if they want to keep going,” he said.

The Will’s Carnival for a Cause Facebook saluted Sussex Central High School FFA, Sunset Branch 4H, Cape Henlopen FFA, Laurel Lions’ Leos, & Lynch employees, Precision Paintball staff, Nanticoke Rotary Club, Sussex Central High School Students, friends, and family “for all your support.”

As of Sunday evening, the amount raised was about $10,200, not counting a couple silent auction items and business donations. This marks the second time the carnival has reached the $10,000 plateau.

The carnival all four years has been staged at Chick Berry Farms, through the generosity of Melinda Bonniwell and Robin Jestice.

So, Will, will there be a fifth carnival in 2018?

His answer: yes, for another worthy, charitable cause.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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