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For the sixth year in a row, Carnival Colossal and Food Truck Festival, hosted by the Friends of San Clemente Foundation, provided a weekend of entertainment for children. The event took place Thursday, Oct. 6, to Sunday, Oct. 9, at Vista Hermosa Sports Park.

“The special needs expo on Thursday, in conjunction with Courtney’s Sandcastle, was a resounding success,” said Jim Nielsen, the treasurer of the Friends foundation. “There were a number of special needs kids that were able to go on carnival rides for the first time in their lives.”

The Friends earned about $30,000, Nielsen said. The funds go toward projects like Fun on the Run, the beach concerts, Easter egg hunt, snow hill and scholarships for beaches, parks and recreation classes.

Plans are already under way for next year’s event, and the vendors are eager to return, Nielsen said.

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