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More volunteers needed for Sternberg Museum fundraiser




Special to The Hays Daily News

Reptiles are going to be rowdy from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Sternberg Museum of Natural History, and volunteers still are needed to corral the critters.

The Rowdy Reptile Carnival will showcase games for all ages, with more than $2,000 in prizes, as well as special appearances and exhibits relating to reptiles of all kinds. The carnival fundraiser will feature games tied to a current museum exhibit titled "Rattlerssss."

The games will include "The Frog's Tongue," which will allow children to "stick" bugs with a tongue, and "The Hungry Spider," where children can throw "bugs" through a giant web.

"Admission into the carnival is free. However, games run from 25 cents to $1," said James Leiker, the museum's education director.

Typical attendance for the Rowdy Reptile Carnival is approximately 500 people, he said, and concessions will be offered.

Tigers in Service, a Fort Hays State campus organization, is recruiting volunteers for the event. The group originally had a goal of getting 100 volunteers to help.

"We are currently at 25 volunteers. ... If we just got about 15 more volunteers, that would be awesome," said Arin Powers with Tigers in Service.

Volunteers have the option of a 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. shift, a 12:30 to 3 p.m. shift, or both. Volunteers will be running the carnival games. Those interested can email Tigers in Service, service@fhsu.edu, by 5 p.m. Friday.

"The carnival is the major fundraiser for the education department and Discovery Room at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History," Leiker said. "The money raised during the carnival goes toward items in the Discovery Room, such as crayons, electronics, books and discovery items, as well as toward the care of all our live animals here at the museum."

Ashley Wiles, Beloit, is a junior at Fort Hays State. University with a double major in communication studies and graphic design.