Kiwanis Membership in Hazard retains carnival open, elevating cash for scholarships

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) – After the Black Gold Festival closed, people in the community still had a chance to have fun.

To raise funds for their mission, members of the Kiwanis Club in Hazard kept the Carnival open on Sunday.

Club member Scott May said they are hosting a variety of events to raise funds for children across the area.

“We do a lot for young people,” he says. “We provide funding for scholarships from our Black Gold income and a few other events.”

He said the mission is focused on community engagement.

“We ask our fellows to talk about the community service and the importance of the community service and how they can give something back to their community.”

May said she wanted to make sure the people of the Perry County community have a chance at success.

“We give scholarships to Perry Central High School, Hazard High School, Buckhorn High School, and also Hazard Community and Technical College,” he said.

May said they saw less participation than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The more we earn, the more we can spend on the community,” he said. “Of course I know the Black Gold Committee wanted to sponsor this and it will help all facets of the community.”

May said they kept up with tradition by keeping the carnival open after the festival.

“We had the carnival in connection with Black Gold. We always had the fourth day, ”he said. “You were kind enough at Casey’s Rides to stay here for the fourth day.”

Club officials said the carnival helped raise enough funds to replenish every high school scholarship and annual WYMT scholarship.

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