Linden celebrates summer with carnival

Published 10:05 am Monday, June 17, 2019

The City of Linden will officially kick-off the summer with its Summer Carnival from June 20-22 at ChiLLy Fest Park. Armbands will be available at city hall for $15 June 17-19 and can also be purchased at the gate for $20.

The carnival will open at 6 p.m. and will close at 10 p.m. Events Coordinator Bruce Ward is expecting the carnival to draw large crowds.

“It will fill up all of ChiLLy Fest Park and some of the elementary grounds, as well,” Ward said.

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The carnival will have traditional carnival food, games and rides. Past rides have included the Gravatron, the Ferris Wheel, the Cyclone Swings, the Merry Go Round and kiddie rides for small children. Ward said that residents from all over the county will find something fun.

“It’s not only a Linden-thing. We want the whole county to come out and enjoy it,” Ward said.

While much of the Summer Carnival remains unchanged, Ward said that the biggest difference from year to year is the growing popularity. Past carnivals have seen around 500 visitors per day, with Saturday being the busiest day.

“People come out and really enjoy it. I think that’s grown over the years,” he said.

Ward said that carnival-goers only need to keep one thing in mind.

“We want everyone in this whole county and area to come out and enjoy and just have a great summer.”

Armbands are only good for one day and can only be used for rides. C&M Southern Midways will be bringing the carnival to Linden.