Clear skies and mild temperatures blessed opening night of Holy Family Church's 21st annual carnival Thursday at Jennings Beach.

The event, featuring 14 rides and coordinated by more than 50 volunteers, continues through Sunday, with the forecast calling for more dry, warm weather. Besides the amusement rides, an additional attraction is the food and drink stand, offering coffee, dessert, hot cocoa, Donut Inn baked goods and Greek salads from Chip's. Proceeds from the Carnival will benefit Holy Family's operations.

Among the rides, provided by Marenna Amusements of Orange, is a giant Ferris wheel, which from the top offers riders sweeping views of Jennings Beach and Long Island Sound beyond.

"This is a great family-oriented event," said Holy Family's Ken Elwood, the carnival co-chairman along with Dave Purcell. "This is going to be a great weekend by the beach. Come on out and enjoy."

The Holy Family carnival continues through the weekend: Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 1-10 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free admission. Wristbands for unlimited rides cost $20.