Ohhhh, you guys. I am so excited I’m about to bust. Wait until you hear.

The awesome people at AE Bounce House Rentals are going to help us with our carnival this year, and we are going to have a Bounce House for it!! Yessss!

So, our seventh annual Dog Days of Summer Carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10, at the shelter on Letterkenny Road West. It will be held rain or shine.

We will also have other games like a ring toss, a Nok-Hockey game, a basketball toss and a football toss.

One of our really great attractions is our dime pitch. From the carnivals of old, we have gathered glassware from all over the place and the idea – for the youngsters who have never partaken before – is to toss a dime into the glass and if you make it, you get to keep the glass.

It’s kind of amazing to see how good some people can aim. We’ve had little kids that hit their target just about every time. People go home with TONS of glassware because their kids are just that good at tossing those dimes!

We joke that the National Dime Pitch Association has us on their radar for making our dime pitch bigger and better every year. There actually is no National Dime Pitch Association. I Googled it to be certain, but I get a kick out of teasing our office manager about it, that’s for sure.

Then there’s my absolute favorite thing of all – the pitch burst. The pitch burst may be, in my humble opinion, the greatest invention of the 20th century.

The concept is like a dunk tank – a person tosses tennis balls at a target in order to get the person under the target wet. The difference, though, is the person is sitting under a water balloon. A giant water balloon.

We seriously make fairly certain these water balloons are the size of people’s heads.

So that when the person hits the target the balloon pops and WOOSH! The person in the plastic chair is SOAKED. On a hot, summer day it is so much fun.

The kids absolutely love this game. One year, we had two sisters who came up and they looked like they wanted to give it a try, but you could tell the younger one was really not sure.

Being older, her big sis jumped in and said she’d try it. Once that water balloon popped and she hollered and screamed, then little sis wanted to give it a go.

Both sisters sat in that chair and it was actually tough for their parents to get them out. They absolutely loved it!

I have threatened so many people with making them sit in the pitch burst, from radio DJs who let me talk on their shows to CVAS board members. Believe me, you do not want to miss this.

If you want to check out what our office manager looks like in the pitch burst, log onto: cvas-pets.org or take a peek at our Facebook. Heh.

We will have hot dogs, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn and homemade baked goods as refreshments.

Admission to the carnival is free, but we are asking for donations to the shelter so that we can raise some money for our babies in the kennels while we have fun in the sun.

So, mark those calendars for our Dog Days of Summer Carnival on Aug. 10. Believe me, this is shaping up to be our best one yet!



Jennifer Vanderau is the Director of Communications for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter and can be reached at: cvascomm@cvas-pets.org. The shelter accepts both monetary and pet supply donations. For more information, call the shelter at: (717) 263-5791, or visit the website: www.cvas-pets.org. CVAS also operates a thrift store in Chambersburg. Help support the animals at the shelter by donating to or shopping at the store.


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