Celebrating 15 years in Craig, Brown’s Carnival is open in the Moffat County Fairgrounds and ready to offer Moffat County residents another entertainment option during the holiday weekend.

Photo by Joe Moylan

Celebrating 15 years in Craig, Brown’s Carnival is open in the Moffat County Fairgrounds and ready to offer Moffat County residents another entertainment option during the holiday weekend.

Carnival adds to Craig's weekend festivities

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Carnival schedule

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Sunday: noon to 11:30 p.m.

Memorial Day: noon to 11:30 p.m.

— Cotton candy, funnel cakes and ice cream are only a few of the treats on hand to give Craig patrons the sugar buzz they need to hit all the rides at this year’s Brown's Carnival.

“It’s an amusement park atmosphere, and all the kids are running around,” said Sherry Brown, who owns the Arizona-based traveling carnival. “It’s a big party.”

The amusement park is set up at the Moffat County Fairgrounds, featuring brightly lit rides such as the gondola Ferris wheel and the Gravitron.

Celebrating 15 years in Craig, the carnival’s popularity continued to grow this year, with more than 1,000 pre-sale wristbands sold before the carnival opened.

The five-day carnival started Thursday and runs through Memorial Day. The carnival coincides with Craig's popular Grand Olde West Days celebration.

Food and game concession stands and a “Wacky Shack” — a two-story fun house with distorted mirrors — also adds to the entertainment.

It’s free to enter the carnival, but wristbands or tokens must be purchased in order to enjoy the rides.

Wristbands, which grant access to all the rides and games, are $30 at the gate, and it costs $1 for one token. Most rides cost two or three tokens.

The proceeds go to pay for the carnival, and a certain percentage goes to the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Last year, the chamber logged $20,000 in revenue from the carnival, which helps fund chamber events and the Moffat County Visitors Center, said Christina Oxley, the executive director of the chamber.

Noelle Leavitt Riley can be reached at nriley@craigdailypress.com or at 970-875-1790.

Comments

David Moore 1 year, 5 months ago

According to the caption under the photo of the carnival, graduation will be held in front of the Wacky Shack...seating is limited to four steel benches, cotton candy will be served.

On a different note, please do not waste any money on the ladder climb game pictured in this photo in front of the wheel and next to the shack...it is literally impossible to win. I spent an evening watching person after person fall off of the ladder, to ring the cowbell you would have to risk personal injury. Of all the sham games at these things, this is the king of sham games. Otherwise, the kids seemed to have a good time, am happy this only comes once a year and will be even happier when she finally outgrows it.

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