Monday, January 17, 2022

Wake Forest Carnival Sneaks Into Town While You Were Sleeping

The lip smackin’ Wake Forest carnival landed in wonderful Wake Forest on Monday evening and began to put all the pieces together after dark. The carnival moves every four or five days so the tear down and erection is old hat to these carnies.

Little hot rods race around the track on a test drive before underage drivers take to them.
Little hot rods race around the track on a test drive before underage drivers take to them.

Luckily the rain stopped as power was brought to the rides and the equipment was assembled and tested in preparation for the loads of hyperactive kids that will want to ride the ferris wheel or jump in the scat.

Scat. I just hope the name doesn't imply this ride is poo.
Scat. I just hope the name doesn’t imply this ride is poo.

The annual carnival is put on by the Wake Forest Police Department to raise money for kid events throughout the year.

A portion of the proceeds from the Carnival for the Kids will support the Wake Forest Police Department’s youth programs, including the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, which teaches youth the importance of making healthy decisions and remaining drug-free, and Police Explorer Post 401.

A carnie worker has the merry-go-round almost ready for Wake Forest kids to enjoy. Just some last minute bulb inspections.
A carnie worker has the merry-go-round almost ready for Wake Forest kids to enjoy. Just some last minute bulb inspections.

The show will be open to the public Tuesday, April 8, and runs through Sunday, April 13 in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Home Depot, 11915 Retail Dr.

They promise to have loads of terribly unhealthy but deadly delicious carnival food for those not brave enough to take a twirl on one of the many rides. May I suggest you pass on a greasy burger before jumping on the Dizzy Dragons.

The Dizzy Dragon ride is checked out before the public gets to have fun. I suspect it's not just the dragons that will be dizzy after a spin on this.
The Dizzy Dragon ride is checked out before the public gets to have fun. I suspect it’s not just the dragons that will be dizzy after a spin on this.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 5-10 p.m.; Saturday from 1-10 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-8 p.m.

Unlimited ride wristbands will be available for purchase at the carnival for $20 each. Coupons worth $2 off the wristbands are available in the lobby of Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St., and the Police Department, 225 S. Taylor St. The coupons may only be used to purchase the wristbands on Tuesday evening, April 8, and Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, from 1 to 5 p.m.

The ferris wheel lights up as workers check all the bolts and bits. The view from the ferris wheel will let kids see Home Depot and Target like never before.
The ferris wheel lights up as workers check all the bolts and bits. The view from the ferris wheel will let kids see Home Depot and Target like never before.
An American flag is tied to the top of the big pole you can pay to plummet down and hope you don't toss your cotton candy.
An American flag is tied to the top of the big pole you can pay to plummet down and hope you don’t toss your cotton candy.

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