HOWLAND - Where can you learn how to pose like a princess, pop a balloon and shoot hoops with a stilt-walking clown? Howland's Spring Carnival, of course.
Complete with a bounce house, floating ducks and magnetic fish, the Interact Club invited the community to shake away the lingering winter chill by playing games and browsing through various area vendors in the halls of the high school.
"It's been a steady stream of people. There's good energy everywhere. It's good fun. It really embodies the community," Howland Interact Club adviser Anrea Ferenac said.
This was the first carnival for the service club, which last year had its first fall celebration with the Haunted High School.
"It was a huge success," Ferenac said, and that inspired the club to feed the energy from fall forward into spring. Thus, the carnival was born.
The club really wanted to come up with a way to bring the school district and the community together, she said.
"This is our event. The true focus is really just the parents, the kids," Ferenac said.
Disney princesses were in attendance, showing girls and boys how to pose like royalty. Juliana Dewberry, 5, and her sister, Alivia, 2, of Howland, posed perfectly with Niki Slaven as Cinderella, Emily Schrader as Belle and Kaishawn Thomas as Tiana. The princesses hailed from Castle on a Cloud Entertainment.
In the gymnasium, children shot hoops with the ''tallest clown in town,'' stiltwalker Harold Stein of Vienna. Olivia Meyers, 6, and her brother, Mason, 3, of Warren, made numerous shots while the clown held the hoop.
The carnival wouldn't have taken place without the help of the Interact Club's 240 Howland students, ranging from ninth to 12th grades, Ferenac said.
"They came up with the game ideas; they built the games," she said, explaining that many of the props were made and painted during students' study halls. The event also was held in connection with the Howland Rotary Club.
Jane Price and Susan Brocoli - creators of the Spirit Task Force - also lent their ideas to create a fun moment for the Howland community.
Proceeds from the carnival will benefit the school or be used for the Haunted High School next fall.