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Thrilling rides and flashing lights to be had at annual holiday Carnival

Nothing quite says it’s the Christmas season quite like the annual carnival which has opened its gates to the public for the 22nd year.  Flashing lights, thrilling rides and games and eats provide the perfect outing.

This year, in order to remain relevant and not get boring, the carnival organizers have upped the ante, with seven new rides for people to enjoy at this year’s affair.

For the riders, they’ve brought to town the Paratrooper a high ride that really spins riders around; the Cobra which has not one but three different revolutions to give riders the ultimate spintastic experience and the Astroliner, a mock space ship that gives riders a virtual thrilling ride through space.

And they haven’t forgotten the kiddies either, with three new rides, set up at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre site. The Bulgy the Whale ride simulates what it feels like to be a fish swimming through the waves. Carnival owner, Richard Carl, says children should find this ride thrilling.   Then there’s the Flying Elephant which spins kids around in a circle in cars shaped like elephants.  The Fire Truck ride is also new.  It allows kiddies to have fun pretending to drive as the trucks run on the track.

While Carl has introduced a few new rides, he also brought in the traditional favorites like bumper cars, the Flying Bobs, the Pirate Ship, the Ferris wheel and  the ultimate thrill ride — the Kamikaze.

“My daughter, Becky, and I always love coming back and bringing something new and exciting for the local population,” said Carl.  “This year we have many great things we want the public to see and experience from thrilling rides for the teens, rides for the kiddies and of course new games and attractions for the adults. There is so much to see and so much to do, that you have to come out to fully appreciate the great things we have out here this year.”

The Carnival conducted its first day of business yesterday and will offer all the Carnival fun you can handle through mid-January.  Opening hours are Monday through Friday, starting at 5 p.m. and on weekends at 2 p.m.

The Christmas season would not be the same to De’Andreea Craig if the annual Holiday Carnival did not come to town.

“I’ve been going to the carnival since I was a child and now that I am 35 and married I am taking my own kids to the carnival.  It is so exciting to see what they have new every year.  It still has that magical charm for me,” says Craig.  “I especially love that it has stayed the same for the most part throughout the years which means my children can have similar happy memories of this time of the year like I did.

The annual Carnival is not to be missed because it only comes once a year.



When: Thursday, December 1 – mid January

Where: Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre

Time: Monday – Friday, 5 p.m. – until, and Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. – until

Admission: $2 children, $5 adults

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