Above, Danielle Gifford, 8, of Shelton enjoys a ride at the carnival at First United Methodist Church of Shelton on Thursday, opening night for the three-day event. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Danielle was at the carnival with her parents, Gretchen and Stephen Gifford.

The carnival features rides, games, food, face-painting and other activities on the church grounds, 188 Rocky Rest Road (corner of Long Hill Avenue). It continues Friday from 6-10 p.m., and Saturday from 2-10 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the missions and ministries of the church.