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Carnival setup to begin Monday

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The carnival is coming to Brazil and trucks will soon roll down State Road 59.

A fleet of eight Macaroni Family Attractions Amusements semi trucks will begin delivering equipment and rides Monday, June 25, to begin setting up the 77th Rotary Club of Brazil 4th of July Celebration in Forest Park.

The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, and will conclude Wednesday, July 4.

It will feature the carnival, which is making its inaugural visit to Brazil.

Carnival manager Josh Macaroni said the carnival will need local workers to come forth and help his staff as the fleet of semis bring rides and carnival equipment to the park Monday and Tuesday.

Those seeking carnival work should locate a carnival employee and ask to speak to carnival office manager Josh Gillian.

Persons interested in working for the carnival should come to the park in person Monday.

Approximately 23 carnival rides are scheduled for the event, plus skill games, thrill attractions and food booths to be set up and ready by 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Macaroni said.

Anytime new rides are obtained, Macaroni said he tries to get them onto the midway as soon as possible.

Some rides scheduled this year include a unique Gondola-style LED lighted Ferris Wheel, plus a Merry-Go-Round, Slide, Funny Farm, Ring of Fire, Dizzy Dragons, Kite Flyer, Windjammer, Badlands, Alpine Bobs, the YoYo Pirates' Bluff ship, Duck Boats, Scooters, the Spider, the Train, Sea-Ray, Scrambler, two Bounce rides, a 32-foot Bungy ride and Water-Balls.

Macaroni said the Bungy ride is new and he anticipates the newest attraction, a 75-foot zip line ride, to arrive in time for Brazil's event as well.

Discount pay-one-price armband tickets are available at local banks until Tuesday, June 26, for those who wish to pay $15 instead of the regular $20 price when the carnival begins.

Armband tickets are good any day of the event and single tickets will also be sold at ticket booths in the park.

During a walk-through at Forest Park recently, Parks Board President Ruthann Jeffries met with Macaroni.

"I feel really good about this year's carnival," Jeffries said.

Her sentiment was matched by park superintendent Bill Houck and Rotary 4th of July Celebration carnival co-chair Mark Adamson.

"I am looking forward to building a long, working relationship with Rotary and Brazil Park officials," Macaroni said.

As a youth, Macaroni spent time in Brazil during the 4th of July as his father, Dominic, worked for the Portemonts before forming his own carnival company in 1996.

"We (Family Attractions Amusements) want to bring the great fun and excitement like I remember from all those years ago, back to Brazil Rotary's 4th of July Celebration."

"I am so very excited, but I just with I had found Family Attractions Amusements sooner," Adamson said. "It would have been so nice if we had been able to bring them to our community last year.

"They will be a real great carnival that makes our city proud. This year, I think all of the Wabash Valley will be talking about them since we have seen them elsewhere and know they do a great, professional job. They put on a very nice and enjoyable carnival, something our community can enjoy and be proud of. It's your celebration (Brazil). We hope everyone comes out this year and enjoys it."

The midway will feature traditional fun, family skill- and challenge games, including popular balloon, pitching, stacked bottles and target shooting games. Carnival food vendors will have exclusive food sales on the midway through Sunday, July 1, and will sell funnel cakes, popcorn, cotton candy, pizza, sandwiches, lemon shakeups, corndogs, caramel dipped and candy apples and more.

Starting Monday, July 2, local non-profit food vendors will join the carnival and supplement dining options with expanded food options when the midway opens at 5:30 p.m.

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