Carnival adds to Craig’s weekend festivities
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 11:30 p.m.
Memorial Day: noon to 11:30 p.m.
Craig — 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.
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