The annual Cornhusker Bank Kids Connection Carnival was held on August 18th and drew a large crowd. The carnival is open to the entire community and is totally free to attendees. When Cornhusker Bank began the event eight years ago, it was conceptualized to help give kids a positive and “fun” experience with banking, in the hope financial literacy would be easier for families to encourage as youngsters grow. Some banking and financial concepts are introduced at the carnival with a financial workbook activity and an attraction that features on-line games, which can be found on the bank’s website at any time.
The main point of emphasis of the carnival is kids having a good experience provided by bankers. Most of the carnival type games are manned by Cornhusker Bank associates, who generously give of their weekend time to help with the event. Carissa Bullock, VP/Marketing and lead organizer of the event reported, “The bank’s creative team and our staff volunteers for the event demonstrated core Bank values of “living life together” and “providing a WOW experience”. Bank staff embraces this carnival as a way to further enhance relationships in our community.” Games, which included prizes, ranged from a Lollipop Tree, Limbo, Frisbee Tic-Tac-Toe, a Putt Putt Golf Hole, Corn Toss, Plinko, Fishing Pond, Ladder Ball, a Bouncy Obstacle Course from Party Inflators, and a Photo Booth in which kids were encouraged to have their pictures taken with the bank’s own superheroes, Penny Wise and Super Bill.
Also part of the carnival were interactions with live animals provided by Lincoln Childrens Zoo and introduction to two dogs and their handlers from Domesti-Pups, informing youth how they assist people daily. Carnival goers also enjoyed free hot dogs, potato chips and bottled water, catered by 84th and Holdrege Street Hy-Vee and free Sweet Baby J’s Tropical Sno, snow cones.
Youth safety is also a component at the carnival. The Nebraska State Patrol was on hand to do child fingerprinting ID cards for kids. Safe Kids interacted with the youngsters promoting bike safety. A representative of the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation provided handouts to attendees regarding water safety.
A Lincoln City Council person in attendance at the carnival was heard telling staff that Cornhusker Bank is appreciated for events like the carnival, which give back to the community.
The Cornhusker Bank Youth Carnival is held annually each August. The bank’s website will have details of date and times for the 2019 event as it draws close next year.