Third Annual Bobcat Bonanza Carnival April 29

LAHS Principal (and former Barranca Principal) Brad Parker gets dunked at a previous Bobcat Bonanza. Courtesy photo


  • Chance to Win a Ride on the Medevac Helicopter!

Will you be the lucky winner of a ride in the medevac helicopter at the 3rd annual Bobcat Bonanza carnival? It’s one of the many prizes that will be on offer in an impressive silent auction at the event. The carnival is set for 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, 57 Loma del Escolar.

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

One of the most popular features at the carnival, the dunk tank, returns again this year with another impressive lineup. Kids and adults can try their hand at dunking LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, LAHS Principal Brad Parker, popular pediatrician Ben Neal, and other beloved teachers and familiar faces from the community.

The carnival also will offer bouncy castles, an inflatable obstacle course, and face painting. The Barranca school choir will perform at 4:30 p.m. and the middle school jazz band will perform at 6 p.m.

Carnival goers will not go hungry at the event. Pizza from Time Out Pizza will available for purchase, and the Secret City Kitchen will be offering sandwiches and soups. Houdini’s Kettle Corn will sell popcorn, and those with a sweet tooth can satisfy their cravings at an extensive bake sale. Crème de la Crème Italian sodas will quench anyone’s thirst.

A huge silent auction will round out the event, with fantastic prizes donated by local organizations. Some of the prizes, in addition to the medevac helicopter ride, include:

  • Rejuvenating spa services
  • Delectable dining options
  • A private yoga session
  • Various bottles of unique and exquisite wine
  • Themed gift baskets creatively designed by each classroom
  • Professional portrait packages
  • Recreation and class vouchers
  • Tickets to an Isotopes baseball game including jersey

Last year was the 2nd annual Bobcat Bonanza event, and the fundraiser generated $9,000. 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 505.661.4094 or