Pride of Pampa Band to still serve food despite no carnival

Pictured, from left, Ashlee Orand, Tanya Larkin, Nick and Synetta Conley and Jimmy Dusack man the Pride of Pampa band food trailer in this photo from 2018. The food truck will still be at MK Brown parking lot on May 29-30 serving their carnival menu. (File photo)

As the COVID-19 pandemic seeps into May, another event has been canceled as a result: The Pride of Pampa Band carnival.

Despite there being no carnival, the Pride of Pampa Band will be setting up their food trailer in the M.K. Brown parking lot and serving the traditional carnival foods.

“We are going to do it Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, the main nights of the carnival,” Pampa Band booster club vice president Alana Winegeart said. “On May 29, we will start at 5 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. On Saturday, May 30, it’ll be from 12 to 10 p.m. We’re going to offer our full menu we typically serve out of the food trailer: turkey legs, hamburgers, pride burgers, nachos, Frito pie, hot dogs and homemade ice cream.”

There will also be water, lemonade and tea. 

The Pride of Pampa Band carnival is the organization’s largest fundraisers, but it wasn’t logistically feasible for the carnival group to come to Pampa as several other communities have canceled the event.

“They canceled on us so in order to kind of re-coup some of the money we were going to lose, we thought we would get the support of Pampa,” Winegeart said. “We’re hoping Pampa will support the Pride of Pampa band.”

Winegeart added the funds are usually raised from, not only the food trailer, but from wrist-bands and their auction booth. These funds go toward equipment repairs, competitions and trips.

“We use it for instrument repairs, reeds for various wind instruments, send students to contests, meals for different trips they take, etc.” Winegeart said. “Any equipment the band needs. Any and everything the band can’t do within their budget from the school district, we try to cover and there’s times we are able to help kids with other issues when maybe they can’t raise enough money for their trips.”

Speaking of trips, with New York City being a hot-bed for COVID-19, the students not only had their trip to New York nixed, but concert season, banquets and more canceled.

“That may sound menial to a lot of people,” Winegeart said. “But to the seniors, it’s a big thing. We missed contests, banquet, spring concert for the community and we didn’t get to take our trip.”

Winegeart said the canceled carnival isn’t just affecting band students, but the entire community.

“We’ve already had people on Facebook commenting (before we knew it was canceled) hoping it wasn’t canceled,” Winegeart said. “It’s a family thing. It’s something where the community supports their band but it’s also family-time to get out. We have so many from the elderly community who come out, a lot of times, every night of the carnival just to get a hamburger and home-made ice cream. They’ll sit there under the tent, visit for a little bit and then go home. It’s a social event, plus it supports the kids. We’re really sad that we can’t have it this year.”

For more information on the event and the Pride of Pampa Band, visit their Facebook page at “Pampa High School Band.”

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