Topping the Rotarians list of things to be excited about with this year's event is the discovery of a highly reputable new carnival company.
Family Attractions Amusements Company, based in Georgia, has been in business since 1996. The owners of the company are not new to carnivals and making celebrations fun for the family.
Years ago, Dominic Macaroni worked for the Portemont family and All-American Shows, which for many years, was the carnival featured at the Rotary Club of Brazil's annual event. Being part of Brazil's celebration was something extra special to Dominic and he's glad to now be able to return with his own company.
The Macaroni's pledge to provide an atmosphere of excitement, family fun and good times is filled with the aroma of sweet cotton candy that is made just a tad bit sweeter eaten on the midway as are the fresh-dipped red candy apples and hot creamy caramel.
Rotarians have been welcoming crowds to the annual celebration for more than seven decades as its sole annual fundraising event.
It will feature free nightly entertainment onstage, made possible by local entertainment sponsors, approximately 21 carnival rides, food and midway games, plus the final days of the event featuring area non-profit food vendors for local flavor and flair.
The celebration week from June 27-July 4 will offer plenty of fun culminating in a gala fireworks display coordinated by Rotarian Mark Adamson at 10 p.m., July 4, followed by another big celebration attraction, the grand prize raffle ticket drawing to name the $10,000 winner at 11 p.m.
Club members have now begun selling $10,000 grand prize advance sale raffle tickets.
The cost is $20 for six tickets, $10 for three tickets or $5 for one. Each ticket offers a chance to win the grand prize drawing. However, a variety of smaller value drawings is also from individual prizes and gift certificates donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals. Raffle ticket buyers must be at least 18 and cannot be a Rotarian, their spouse or dependent child.
In case of rain, the grand prize drawing will be delayed until after the fireworks July 5.
Two weeks prior to the celebration, Rotary will conduct the SIRA Go-Kart race on the circle track next to the Forest Park Golf Course.
The event will take place on Father's Day weekend, June 16-17, with food and racing fun for the whole family. The public is welcome and lawn chairs are recommended.
Discount tickets good for a discount of $5 off the regular price $20 carnival ride bracelets will soon go on sale at area bank locations. Details will be announced. Tickets are good for arm bracelets that can be redeemed during the celebration's midway. The midway will open weekdays at 5:30 p.m., weekends and July 4, at 3 p.m.
"We always give everyone a chance to save money by selling discounted advance ride passes. Folks won't want to miss this opportunity to save money when they ride, and passes are good any day of the celebration," Butt said. "It's a great chance to pay $15 before the celebration begins, instead of waiting and paying $20 when the midway opens."
Free entertainment is finalized for each evening. The schedule features long-time crowd favorite, The Van-Dells, for its opening night performance, Wednesday, June 27, with two shows at 7 and 9 p.m.
Then, the local lineup begins Thursday, June 28, with the Northview High School Marching Knights and Color Guard, and North Clay Middle School band and Cadet Corps, performances at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
The annual school band fish fry, sponsored by Rotary in the Pavilion, runs from 4-7 p.m., in conjunction with the band performances. Fish Fry tickets go on sale soon and will be available from band students. Tickets may be purchased in advance at a discount rate of $8 for adults and $5 for children 12-under. Ticket prices will increase 50 cents if purchased at the door.
Additional free entertainment will include a free performance by 6 Figures Band Friday, June 29, at 7 and 9 p.m. A Gospel Night begins Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m., with performances by Crystal Valley Quartet, Coon Holler Kids, P150, Graybeard, Jeff Bridgewater, Sam Glover, Michelle McCrea and Kandace Brown.
Sunday, July 1, will feature the regularly scheduled Brazil Concert Band performance at 7:30 p.m., and also features a Country Rhodes Fish Fry to benefit the YMCA of Clay County, from 4-7 p.m., in the Pavilion.
The local dance studio performances will be on two nights; Monday, July 2, will feature Tumble Express at 5 p.m., and Studio One Dance by Cindy's at 7:30 p.m. Then, on Tuesday, July 3, the celebration will feature Moore's Dance Studio at 5:30 p.m., and Toni's Tumbling and Dance at 7.
The Memorial John Thomas 37th 4th of July Sack Races in the park will have new times this year.
They are 4 p.m. (ages 7-under), 4:15 p.m. (ages 9-under), 4:30 p.m. (ages 11-under), 4:45 p.m. (ages 13-under), and 5 p.m. (ages 15-under). Cash prizes are given for all sack race entrants. Then at 8 p.m., the Brazil Community Choir will perform. The choir is directed by Sam Glover. Newer community traditions are also happening during the week, including the 13th Forest Park Golf Course Open Tournament, sponsored by Riddell National Bank (Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1), beginning at 8 a.m., with 10-minute start intervals.
Also, on Saturday, June 30, the Firecracker 5K Walk/Run (sponsored by the YMCA of Clay County) will take place. The event has been a tradition for more than a decade and features a running course that takes participants through Forest Park so they can enjoy a limited time viewing of the Rotary Club of Brazil's 4th of July Celebration carnival rides and midway as they compete.
The golf event and walk/run event require individuals to complete advance registration and fees do apply. Contact Forest Park Golf Course or the YMCA for more details.
Local non-profit food booth vendors will also be featured July 2-4. Food booth applications are available on the Rotary website (www.brazilrotary.org). Rotarian Sam Crawn is in charge of local food booths and may be reached at 448-2877 for more information.
Those interested may mail or deliver a completed application, copy of organization's IRS 501 non-profit tax exemption certificate and booth reservation fee to Crawn at Sam's Do-It-Best Hardware, 105 S. Forest Ave., Brazil. Entertainment sponsors are still being sought to help deliver free-to-the-public entertainment and various parts of the carnival possible.
Door prizes are also accepted and will be offered as individual door prizes during several nights of drawings, in addition to the chance for the grand prize.
Door prize winners still have a chance to win the grand prize, because all door prize winning entries are returned to the spinning barrel of tickets each night for an additional chance to win. For more details on donating a door prize, contact Rotarian Marci Rush at Riddell National Bank at 446-2611.
Each year, proceeds from the celebration go toward projects and non-profit organizations that benefit Brazil and the surrounding communities.
Future projects for Rotary include the Brazil Parks and assisting with the new Northview High School Interact Club projects, as well as other Rotary International projects, including humanitarian works, clean water, disaster relief and the eradication of polio.
More information on the upcoming celebration may be accessed at www.brazilrotary.org.