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Fourth of July Carnival extended

Thursday, July 5, 2007

A little rain couldn't stop Annabella and Georgia Stevens from going to the Brazil Rotary Fourth of July Carnival Wednesday. It's a family tradition as their great-grandmother Joan Wilson has attended since high school. CC Brackman Photo
The Brazil Rotary Fourth of July Carnival is making history. This is the first time in the 72-year history of the celebration that the carnival is staying past the Fourth of July.

Due to inclement weather Wednesday, Reithoffer Shows will be sticking around for another day. One last chance for food, fireworks, fun and a chance at a $10,000 raffle.

The midway, with all the trimmings including several of the nonprofit food booths, will be open for business as usual from 5:30-11 p.m. featuring a pay-one-price ride bracelet for $16.

Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. and the $10,000 Rotary raffle winner will be picked at 11 p.m.

"This is an unheard of event," Rotary President John Lee said. "We've never had a carnival company offer to stay another day. We've had to cancel the fireworks display before, but we've never been able to reschedule them the next day. The response from this decision has been very positive. Many people are excited to have another chance at the raffle, and the midway. It's going to be a great evening."

The carnival has made history in another way, as well. This is the first year that the carnival has begun under one mayor, and ended under a different mayor.

Former Mayor Thom Arthur opened the carnival on June 27, and June 29 was his last day in office. He resigned, and his successor, Mayor Ann Bradshaw took office on June 30.

Bradshaw is currently the first woman mayor in Brazil History.

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