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This 7-month-old miniature horse will be auctioned at Island Elementary's annual carnival and variety show fundraiser. 

LEMOORE — Variety is the optimal word at Island Elementary School’s annual variety show and carnival.

“It’s a mix of everything,” said Island Boosters president Brooke Lopes.

The event, slated for Saturday afternoon, will take place rain or shine, though organizers are hoping for shine.

A fundraiser for the Boosters, the event’s activities include student variety show performances, carnival games, auctions and a dessert auction.

“It was traditionally a pie sale when I was a student,” said Lopes. “But we’ve changed it a bit to include all desserts.”

The students, grades kindergarten-eighth, will perform songs based on this year’s theme: “Where the Stars, Stripes and Cardinals Fly.” Performances include a rendition of “This Land is Your Land,” by the first-graders and the kindergarteners’ version of “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus.

“We felt like with everything going on politically right now, we’d go with an Americana theme because it would be good to just go back to being proud of the United States, its roots and the [school mascot] Cardinals,” Lopes said.

It’s also a way to thank the many military families that students of the school belong to, she said.

The event will raise funds for the Island Boosters’ general fund. Recently, the boosters have helped financially with student field trips, gifts for teacher appreciation week and have also purchased a new water filtration unit for the school’s faculty.

The live auction will be held in between the performances of each class, while the silent auction will be ongoing throughout the day.

Auction items include a miniature horse born last year, bicycles, art made by the students and even a special campus parking spot.

“Parking there can be a little bit crazy,” Lopes jokes.

In addition to the ongoing silent auction, carnival games will be available throughout the day as well.

Lopes said the games include standard fare like ring toss, football throws through tires and whatever else her team has come up with.

“My chair people are awesome, so I just let them go with it,” she said.

Admission is free, though carnival games are an additional fee. Food, including tri-tip will also be sold.

Lopes said the event has gotten larger since the school became a charter school. 

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