"The more success the carnival has, the better success our programs will have," Roberts said, "and that's why we really need the community to come out, do something positive for your family and give them good, clean fun.
"It's good for the economy, the families in the area that will receive services through us and it's a good family atmosphere," he said.
Roberts said this is the first time the organization has hosted a carnival as a fundraiser.
Gambill Amusements Co., owner of the carnival, reached out to the nonprofit to organize a fundraiser since the traveling entertainment was in town, he said.
Mountain Mission partnered with the carnival company and the Civic Center to host the downtown center's first carnival in more than 20 years.
"We have never done anything like this," Roberts said. "This is very exciting for us because usually a lot of our fundraising events are very serious and you need to pull on the heartstrings of individuals, but this fundraiser is just fun."
Sisters Ashlee Arbaugh, 8, and Kimberlee Arbaugh, 5, said they had a lot of fun as they carried their stuffed animal prizes of seahorses, a snake and a monkey they won for popping balloons with darts and fishing out sharks with magnetic poles.
The Arbaughs, with their mother, Sarah Schmidt of Charleston, celebrated their wins with a slice of pizza, a large salted pretzel and deep-fried Oreos.
Roberts said with school being out for the summer -- which means fewer meals for some children -- Mountain Mission requests more donations during the three-month break.
That's why the carnival fundraiser, an event targeted toward children, is an ideal way to raise money throughout the warm weather, Roberts said.
Mountain Mission and the carnival owners would like to make the fundraiser an annual event as long as they can use the Civic Center's parking lot to host it, he said.
To learn more about Mountain Mission, or to donate, visit www.mountainmission.com or call 304-344-3407.
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.