Carnival rides & midway return to Farwell Labor Day festival

August 26, 2016

8-26-16 FLD 2013 midwayBy Steve Landon

It’s been a while since laughter and screams of joy came from a midway on the Farwell Labor Day Festival grounds. The last time a carnival was part of the annual celebration was back in 2013. Since then the old fairgrounds have been pretty quiet beyond the traditional demolition derby and fireworks display. For 2016 the carnival and family fun are back! September 2nd – Labor Day September 5th
Clare County’s oldest festival swings back into high gear on Friday September 2nd at 3:00 p.m. with the opening an all-new midway from Beer & Jessop Amusements In addition to the carnival they’ll be plenty of fun things to do for all ages on the grounds.

“We’re very excited to have a carnival this year.  It’s been difficult the last two years to bring in a good amusement company due to scheduling conflicts with the various carnivals.  We’re anticipating a good selection of rides. We want to encourage everyone come on out and support a long-standing tradition – The Farwell Labor Day Festival – Gina Hamilton of the Farwell Labor Day Committee said”

Silent last year the Home Arts building will reopen to give area youth and adults chance to show off their projects, collections, homegrown produce, paintings, photos, crafts, baked goods, hand made quilts, antiques and more. Entries for exhibits will be taken Friday September 2nd from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. and at 11:00 a.m. Saturday September 3rd in the Exhibit building next to the pavilion. Judging will take place from 9:00 a.m. – Noon Sunday.

The ever-popular petting zoo located in the northwest corner of the grounds will be back Saturday and Sunday opening at 12:00 noon each day. Pixie’s Ponies will be next to the petting zoo.
Additional events include; Carnival Bingo, Stage Entertainment, Kids Games and Activities, “Gordon the Magician” and more.

If you love action you won’t want to miss the ever popular USA Figure Eight Demolition Derby Saturday Night September 3rd at 7:30 p.m. followed by the last fireworks display of summer.

Labor Day Monday, September 5th wraps up the holiday with the popular Labor Day Parade down Main Street at 10:00 a.m. . Registration is at 8:00 a.m. at the Farwell Little League Fields. Parade line–up will be at Isabella Bank. Following the parade action returns to the Labor Day grounds with the midway opening at 11:00 a.m. All events will conclude at 4:00 p.m. Labor Day

Don’t let the waning of summer get you down come on out to the Farwell Labor Day Festival for one last summer fling.

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