WOODBINE -  The Eighth annual Woodbine Kids' Carnival was held in Lincoln Park Aug. 3.

According to a release, for the past eight years, Councilwoman Mary Helen Perez has worked to build the Woodbine Kids' Carnival into the event it has become. Residents of Woodbine and the surrounding municipalities participated in a fun-filled day of free food, entertainment, waterslides, games, and educational information sponsored and paid for by Perez and private donors.

Many community organizations participated and made this a spectacular event. Over 1,000 people enjoyed the festivities.

“The event was so successful due to all your outreach efforts, your leadership in the community, and your dedication to Woodbine and the entire Cape May County. The participants, both vendors, and the general public, genuinely love you. Your love for the children of the community is unparalleled,” said a member of one of the participating organizations.

“It warms my heart seeing all the children smiling and enjoying themselves. Children should know that there are opportunities that are available to them. They can go to college, go to trade school, become a police officer, volunteer in the community and so much more, stated Perez. "The organizations that were here also helped residents of the community with energy assistance, community affairs, and other information.”

“We must remember our children of today will be our leaders and community members of tomorrow. We should help them be the best they can be,” she added.

Perez thanked the organizations and individuals who made the event possible.