HOUGHTON - Every year, the MTU Preschool at Michigan Technological University aims to raise thousands of dollars with its Cabin Fever Carnival.
Money raised helps the MTU Preschool purchase supplies for the school, upgrade playground equipment and pay teachers.
"The MTU Preschool is a cooperative nonprofit school that receives no federal fundraising," said Jenn Biekkola, who is co-chair with Shannon Rinkinen for this year's Cabin Fever Carnival.
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Jacob Tormala, from Chassell, and Emerson Lansparger, from Stanton Township, play in a ball pit at last year’s MTU Preschool Cabin Fever Carnival at the Rozsa Center. This year’s event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The MTU Preschool Cabin Fever Carnival will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan Tech. The lobby will be full of games for children of all ages to enjoy, ranging from tossing games and ball games to guessing games and a cake walk.
"We have a few new games this year, too," Biekkola said. "It's going to be lots of fun."
New features this year include a stilt walker, an expanded caf offering lunch and games. Returning this year, there will be a face painter and lots of prizes.
"The expanded caf will have lunch items, like pizza and corndogs," she said.
Every year, the Cabin Fever Carnival features a silent basket auction as well, where participants are welcome to peruse the tables and bid on each basket. Most of the baskets are themed, such as baby baskets, kitchen supplies or sports items.
"This year, we have an official Green Bay Packers commemorative football," she said. "We also have hockey sticks, Tech jerseys and packages from local hotels. There's stuff for everyone; moms, dads and kids."
All of the items in the baskets are donated by local businesses to help raise money for the school. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the MTU Preschool.