Dilly bars dripped, foreheads perspired, and face paint smeared as a heat advisory over St. Paul, Minnesota was in full force. The thermometer rose well into the 90’s but that did not stop many Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare patients from venturing outdoors to enjoy the annual Firefighters Carnival, hosted by the St. Paul Fire Department.
The carnival consisted of a number of activities, such as sand art, mini golf, pony rides, a bean bag toss and extravagant face painting, a favorite among many of the carnival-goers. Participants wandered the event at their leisure, picking and choosing which activities they wanted to try. The carnival even had some special guests who came to join in the festivities! Two Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders, accompanied by Miss Minnesota, Miss Minneapolis, and Miss Brainerd Lakes, all stopped by to mingle and take photos with the families at Gillette. And what’s a carnival without a king and a queen? This year’s royalty is King Carter and Queen April, two Gillette patients. Both donned their crowns and smiles for photos and received a fun prize.
The sight of friendly firefighters’ smiles and the aroma of hot dogs and popcorn filled the air as the carnival carried on despite the heat! Mother Nature did her best to deter people from the carnival as she brought rising temperatures on Wednesday. Little does she know there’s nothing that can break the spirit or determination of Gillette’s patients and families!