Worker bees get ready for Triton Carnival
BY JEFF HORVATH
Wyoming County Press Examiner
It’s Triton Hose Carnival time, and people have been feverishly working behind thescenes to make your experience less taxing.
The carnival runs through Saturday, August 3.
Tom Kukuchka and Dave Winski, the Carnival’s Co-Chairmen, have been working since last October to make sure this summer’s Carnival continues the tradition of success that the public has come to expect.
According to Kukuchka, “starting in October the Triton Hose Company begins prepping for the next year’s carnival. The second Tuesday of every month is the meeting of the fire company, where they discuss what was done in the previous year and what needs to be done in advance of the next event.”
Winski said that something most people don’t realize is “all the work that is done between the end of the previous carnival and the two weeks before the next one.”
During this time the fire company spends time securing raffle prizes, finding entertainment, organizing the parades, and, most importantly to some, preparing the food order.
Many would find it hard to imagine summer without Triton pizza and potato pancakes, but as you can imagine, preparing these treats is a long process.
Each year the Triton Hose Co. orders about $60,000 in food just for carnival week.
This includes 2,000 lbs of potatoes, 1,000 lbs of onions, 600 lbs of pork, 1,500 lbs of beef, 90 bushels of clams, hundreds of pizzas, and, since last year, 500 lbs of french-fries.
As one can imagine, setting up a carnival and preparing such a large amount of food requires a great deal of manpower, much of which comes from volunteers. About 300 people commit their time to making sure that the Carnival is successful and most of them are volunteers.
Volunteer efforts come from all over.
Members of the congregation of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, under the guidance of Pastor Peter Geschwindner, can often be found chopping onions and potatoes on the days leading up to the carnival.
According to Kukuchka “it takes 20 people a night simply to man the potato pancake stand.”
It is easy to see how invaluable volunteers are to the success of the carnival, and, according to Kukuchka, “finding enough volunteers is becoming one of the hardest parts of putting the Carnival together.”
Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to call the Triton Hose Co. at 836-2590.
Kukuchka said he believes that when all is said and done, the most rewarding thing about the Carnival is “seeing the positive response of the community.”
“That’s the great thing about Tunkhannock”, he said, “the community is always extremely supportive.”
Winski agreed, saying “it is rewarding to see the community come together to support us so we can support them.”
All proceeds from the Carnival benefit the Triton Hose Co. and make it possible for it to provide the residents of Tunkhannock with the best possible service.
Money from the carnival is used to cover the fire company’s overhead expenses such as gas, electric, and insurance. It also goes towards new and updated equipment.
“Having a stronger and more advanced fire company causes home owner’s insurance rates to go down,” said Kukuchka, “so people are really helping themselves.”
Everyone has their favorite part of the carnival, and whether that be the antique car show and parade Friday, the live entertainment, or the food, it is all made possible by the efforts of the Triton Hose Co. and their volunteers.
They have truly succeeded in making the Triton Carnival one the fixtures of summer.