With sunny skies and warm temperatures expected over the weekend, it is the perfect time to get outside and some rides, games, and cotton candy.
The annual Fremont Mall Spring Carnival is back in town, and the D.C. Lynch Shows production will run through Monday on the west side of the Fremont Mall parking lot.
The carnival has been a familiar attraction in Fremont for over three decades, but construction of the new Raising Cane’s restaurant means the carnival is in a slightly different location than usual.
With construction on the new 2,724 square foot chicken finger restaurant underway in the parking lot in front of the Fremont Mall, the carnival was forced to adjust its location to the west side and rear of the mall next to Square Tire.
According to Mike Lynch of D.C. Lynch Shows, so far the new location hasn’t posed too many difficulties besides tighter quarters than usual.
“It is a little more crowded back here, but we won’t really know how it will effect turnout until the end of the weekend,” he said.
On Friday evening the carnival was filled with kids and adults spinning around on the Tilt-A-Whirl, trying their hands at Skee-Ball, and enjoying all the typical carnival sweets and treats.
While most kids seemed to be enjoying rides on the Ferris Wheel, Zipper, and Freestyle the looping and spinning can unsettle a stomach or two.
For JCAC student Robert Hearnes the carnival rides make him queasy so the event was just a fun opportunity to meet new friends.
“I don’t like any of the them (rides) because they make me puke,” he said. “But I like that I get to meet new kids, because we barely just moved here,” he said.
For parents, the carnival is a fun, inexpensive way to get the kids out of the house for a few hours.
Jennifer Bixby and J.J. Bixby brought their daughter Jaelyn and her friend on an unscheduled trip to the carnival.
“It gives us a reason to get out and enjoy the weather, we didn’t really plan on coming but just drove by and saw it and we were just looking for something so they could burn a little energy,” Jennifer Bixby said.
The two girl’s favorite ride, which they went on three times in a row, was the Fun House obstacle course where kids maneuver through different obstacles, get to look at themselves in funny mirrors, and slide down a big slide at the end.
Maggie Able, who was at the carnival with her niece Amora Ramirez, said her niece absolutely loves the carnival and each year proves to be fun for the entire family.
“I’ve been coming every year for like the past six years and it is a lot of fun. The kids enjoy it, we enjoy it so it’s just a nice event for us all to come and have fun,” Able said.
Ramirez’s favorite ride was the Cars and Trucks movie themed ride.
“Right when we got here the first thing she went to was the Trucks,” Able said.
The carnival will be open from noon to close, which is around midnight, on Saturday and Sunday as well as 4 p.m. to close on Monday.
The Fremont Mall has a coupon available on their Facebook page which provides 8 rides for $10. Regular rates are around 8 rides for $16 and all rides are 1 ticket per ride except for the Zipper.
To receive the discount just show the coupon on their Facebook page to the cashier at the ticket booth.
The D.C. Lynch Shows carnival provides entertainment for county fairs and events across Nebraska and will be at the North Bend Old Settlers Days on June 23-25th.
“We go all over, we do several county fairs mostly in Nebraska and a little bit in South Dakota but we really enjoy coming to Fremont,” Lynch said.