BAY POINT ---- The carnival is coming to town. But it s not just about the rides, games, and cotton candy that only an old-fashioned carnival can bring.

For more than 20 years, the carnival has served as a major fundraiser for the Ambrose-Pittsburg Lions Club. The four-day event runs April 4-7 at Willow Pass Road and Clearland Drive in Bay Point.

"This supports our high school scholarship programs. We try to give out two $2,000 scholarships each to students from Pittsburg High School and Mount Diablo High School, which is attended by Bay Point students, said Carolynne Born, club treasurer.

The event also raises money for the club s other community programs, including Sight Savers, which offers free eye exams and eyeglasses to low-income residents from Pittsburg and Bay Point, and a holiday food basket program for needy families.

The club hopes to raise $10,000 from the event, but whether that will be met has a lot to do with ... well, the weather.

"Good weather brings out the crowds, which of course impacts ticket sales, Born said.

This year s carnival is expected to feature 10 rides, according to Andrea Owen, marketing director for Fairfield-based Butler Amusements, which has set up the carnival since 1989 for the Lions Club.

While admission is free, there is a charge for the rides. Among the attractions are a carousal with 36 jumping horses and two chariots, a tilt-a-whirl ride that features separate rotating cars, and a two-level family-style roller coaster. There will also be a dozen or so game concessions and a food stand that will sell items that include cotton candy, corn dogs, candy and caramel apples.

"You can just come and walk around, you can buy a hot dog, and you can take the rides, said Born. "There s a little bit of everything that people can do.

The club will also have an information table staffed by Lions Club representatives on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. They will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about Lions Club programs and membership.

Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/EastCounty_Girl.

Ambrose-pittsburg lions club spring carnival
Where: Willow Pass Road and Clearland Drive in Bay Point.
When: April 4-7
Thursday: opens 4 p.m.
Friday: opens 4 p.m.
Saturday: opens 11 a.m.
Sunday: opens noon
Closing time is typically around 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.
Prices: (Each ride requires 3,4 or 5 tickets each per person to ride.) $1 per ticket, $23 for 25 tickets, $70 for 80 tickets. Unlimited ride wristbands are $25 and good all day on the day purchased.