Posted Thursday, May 24th, 2018

JUNE 7-10 Event Funds Drug and Alcohol Awareness Programs

Stigma Free Morris County: Wharton Carnival Features Games, Rides, Food, Music

Wharton’s 4th annual carnival sponsored by the town’s Municipal Alliance and Fraternal Order of Police promises four fun days of live entertainment, music, dancing, rides, games and a classic car show from Thursday, June 7 to Sunday, June 10 at McKinnon Middle School.

Each day has a theme along with special events and food. Money raised during the four days supports programs to fight the use of drugs and alcohol, including guest speakers for students and parents, and the LEAD program: Law Enforcement Against Drugs.

Admission is $2 and includes a free slice of pizza. Children under 3 are admitted free. Ride wristbands are $25 per evening; individual tickets are also available. The school is located at 137 E Central Ave in Wharton. Free parking is available at the Lafayette Street lot.

Hours and themes are:

Thursday, June 7, 4-9 p.m. – Country Western music night with a live band, country line dancing with instructors and pulled pork sliders

Friday, June 8, 4-10:30 p.m. – Latin music night with a DJ, professional dancers, salsa lessons and empanadas

Saturday, June 9, 2-10:30 p.m. – Rock ‘n Roll  with classic and antique car show, tricky tray and apple pie

Sunday, June 10, 2 -9 p.m. – Family day with face painting, petting zoo, pony rides, 50/50 prize drawing and mac ‘n cheese

Volunteers are still needed to help out. For more information on the carnival, volunteering and town news, Wharton, visit Wharton’s municipal website.

Stigma-Free Morris County posterThe Morris County Board of Freeholders in 2016 passed a resolution designating Morris County as a Stigma-Free County. Morris County has created a Stigma Free website to call attention to the initiative, provide information and resources, and a calendar of upcoming events related to mental illness and substance abuse. A Stigma Free Toolkit also is available for towns and communities. Visit the site at  www.morriscountystigmafree.org.

Morris County’s goal in creating a Stigma Free initiative is to disseminate information and foster a stigma-free environment where people are free from judgment and can get the help they need to recover.