Carnival tradition springs back to life at PHS

PARKERSBURG – After 17 years, the Parkersburg High School Spring Sports Carnival was revived Saturday with a variety of activities and programs at PHS.

Kimberly Griffey, director of the Red Wings dance team, said the theme of the 2013 carnival revival was “Box Office Bliss” in the school’s Field House.

In addition to intramural competitions in volleyball, basketball, arm wrestling, table tennis and cornhole, the arts programs at the school were showcased in dance numbers from a number of movies. Those ranged from the waltz scene in “The Sound of Music” to the talent show sequence from “Revenge of the Nerds” to burlesque. There were also performances from the PHS Jazz Ensemble.

Also featured in between acts were Tug of War competitions.

Griffey said the carnival was a spring tradition at PHS from 1951 to 1995. She said the decision to revive the show was to have something for all students to participate.

At the opening of Saturday night’s program, Principal Pam Goots said the revival was a way to keep the school’s traditions alive.

“We are a school of tradition,” she said. “Tonight we are bring one back that has been away for a while.”

“We modeled this after the original spring carnivals,” Griffey said. “This gives all the students an opportunity to be a part of a tradition. We have about 175 participating in some way.”

Griffey said it is not known why the carnival stopped in the 1990s. However, she has wanted to revive it for a number of years, having been a part of it as a PHS student.

“This year the time was right and we brought the Spring Carnival back,” she said. “It’s something that is a positive event for the students and their families.”