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Carnival setup begins, to open Friday at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Many rides like the "Bear Affair," have already been set up by carnival operators, Burton Brothers Amusement, in preparation for the Brazil Rotary Fourth of July Celebration. The carnival is scheduled to open Friday at 5 p.m. Jason Moon Photo.
The Brazil Rotary Fourth of July Celebration is only a few days away and preparation has already begun.

Burton Brothers Amusements, based out of Shirley, Ind., began setting up rides and concession stands Tuesday and will be open to the public Friday at 5 p.m.

"We're excited to be here," Bryce Burton told The Brazil Times. "We're tickled pink to be here in Brazil.

"This is our first time in Brazil. But of course, we've heard about it for years."

Burton Brothers Amusement will feature the "Swing It" ride at the Brazil Rotary Fourth of July Celebration. Jason Moon Photo.
Burton said the family-owned and operated business got into the ride business more than 12 years ago. He said the family has always been involved in concessions for carnivals.

"We saw a good opportunity about 10 years ago," he said.

Burton said his brother, Brad, had two independent rides and throughout the years, the family added to it and eventually started its own traveling carnival.

Shirley, Ind., is in Henry County, located close to 30 miles east of Indianapolis. The carnival operation arrived in Brazil this week after being in the Ft. Wayne area last week.

Burton said the carnival has added a new ride this year, "The Swing It."

He said the ride is deemed a "super-spectacular" in the carnival business, stating the tubs in the ride spin at a high rate of speed while a swing moves ride-goers back and forth.

"It's the only one of its kind," he said. "It's a pretty thrilling ride."

Burton said the business -- like other carnival operations -- added a surcharge this year because of high gas prices, as wristbands will cost an additional $1.

Currently, carnival officials are prepping the rides for the public and its Friday opening.

"We want to make a real good impression here," Burton said. "We don't cut any corners. We like to be very thorough."

Although the carnival portion of the Fourth of July Celebration is scheduled to kick off Friday at 5 p.m., the celebration is officially scheduled to begin Saturday with a 5K Walk/Run, set for 7:30 a.m.

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