Barranca Bobcat Bonanza Carnival Friday

Superintendent Gene Schmidt prepares for another dunking at the 2014 Bobcat Bonanza. Courtesy photo
2014 Bobcat Bonanza basket. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Will you be the first to dunk new school Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus?

You’ll have your chance at the second annual Bobcat Bonanza carnival 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, 57 Loma del Escolar

In addition to the dunk tank, the event will feature food, carnival games, bouncy houses, a silent auction, entertainment, and much more. All ages are invited to join in the fun.

The kids will be entertained for hours playing carnival games with prizes, getting out their energy in the bouncy houses or on the inflatable slide, and making silly faces in the photo booth complete with costumes and props. Kids and adults can try their hand at dunking, not only Superintendent Steinhaus, but also Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, Barranca Principal Brad Parker, and other beloved teachers and familiar faces from the community.

The ever-popular Hill Stompers will get the crowd tapping their feet and dancing with a 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. performance.

And of course, a carnival is never complete without carnival food. Time Out Pizzeria will be serving up pizza by the slice, Dave’s Dogs will sell hotdogs, De la Creme will quench your thirst with Italian sodas, and Houdini’s Kettle Corn will be on hand to sell their fresh and delicious kettle corn.

A huge silent auction will round out the event, with fantastic prizes donated by local organizations. Some of the prizes include:

  • Rejuvenating spa services
  • Delectable dining options
  • One-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry and handicrafts
  • Various bottles of unique and exquisite wine
  • Themed gift baskets creatively designed by each classroom
  • Professional portrait packages
  • Museum passes and memberships
  • Recreation including golf, gym memberships, children’s classes and much more

Last year was the first Bobcat Bonanza event, and the fundraiser generated $7,000. The funds raised by the event help support school programs, such as the science fair, field trips, teacher stipends for classroom materials, and 6th grade graduation ceremonies.

For more information, contact the Barranca Mesa PTO at 505.662.8903 or

PE Instructor Lynn Higdon, aka Sponge Bob, enjoys a last dry moment before heading to the dunk tank during Bobcat Bonanza 2014. Courtesy photo
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