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Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber presents annual carnival

Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber presents annual carnival

 

Christopher Andersson

The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce’s carnival returned last week and will run through July 4 this year. The carnival, provided through a partnership with Butler Amusements and the local chamber, is an annual event for the Smokey Point area. It is in the field next to the Stillaguamish Athletic Club at 172nd Street and 51st Avenue. A $25 wristband will allow a child to take part in the rides for an entire day. The carnival is open June 23 through July 4. The carnival will be open by 2 p.m. and will close at 8 p.m., but may open earlier if the weather is good and stay open later if attendance is high in the evening. Rides and carnival games are available throughout the carnival. “There are really fun rides for both the youngsters and the older kids,” said Jennifer Holocker, executive director of the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce. Local grandparent Les Unruh said his grandkids come back to the area every summer. “They time it so they can go to the carnival,” he joked. “Compared to all the rest of the carnivals it’s pretty good. We come on the first day, we get here early and there’s nobody here,” he said. “We get the wristbands and turn them loose and they play for hours.” “It’s fun.” said local Sammy Rollins. “They [the kids] are having a blast,” she said. Holocker said it is a good way to begin the summer season for many people. “It’s the beginning of summer, which is a great time for events as the weather is heating up and people are out looking for things to do,” she said. Especially children who are out of school for their summer break. “I think it is something to do for a lot of kids. It’s right after they get out of school and this helps fill their time,” she said. “They like it as a fun place to go hang out with their friends, ride some rides and play some games,” she said. Butler Amusements and the local chamber of commerce also share some of the profits from the carnival, which provides the chamber with some funds for its programs throughout the year. “This serves as a fundraiser for the chamber,” said Holocker. “It is a way to earn a little money and bring a little fun to the community at the same time,” she said. Each year it does help bring in some funds for the chamber, said Holocker. “It’s been pretty successful. Even last year when the weather was not great, we still raised some money,” she said. This year a LuLaRoe women’s clothing vendor will be open at the carnival as well. “That is something we’re trying to develop,” said Holocker. “A program where our members can set up booths to get their name out there.” More information about the local Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce is available at their website at arlingtonsmokeypointchamber.com.

The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce’s carnival returned last week and will run through July 4 this year.

The carnival, provided through a partnership with Butler Amusements and the local chamber, is an annual event for the Smokey Point area.

It is in the field next to the Stillaguamish Athletic Club at 172nd Street and 51st Avenue. A $25 wristband will allow a child to take part in the rides for an entire day.

The carnival is open June 23 through July 4. The carnival will be open by 2 p.m. and will close at 8 p.m., but may open earlier if the weather is good and stay open later if attendance is high in the evening.

Rides and carnival games are available throughout the carnival.

“There are really fun rides for both the youngsters and the older kids,” said Jennifer Holocker, executive director of the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce.

Local grandparent Les Unruh said his grandkids come back to the area every summer. “They time it so they can go to the carnival,” he joked.

“Compared to all the rest of the carnivals it’s pretty good. We come on the first day, we get here early and there’s nobody here,” he said. “We get the wristbands and turn them loose and they play for hours.”

“It’s fun.” said local Sammy Rollins. “They [the kids] are having a blast,” she said.

Holocker said it is a good way to begin the summer season for many people.

“It’s the beginning of summer, which is a great time for events as the weather is heating up and people are out looking for things to do,” she said.

Especially children who are out of school for their summer break.

“I think it is something to do for a lot of kids. It’s right after they get out of school and this helps fill their time,” she said.

“They like it as a fun place to go hang out with their friends, ride some rides and play some games,” she said.

Butler Amusements and the local chamber of commerce also share some of the profits from the carnival, which provides the chamber with some funds for its programs throughout the year.

Christopher Andersson

Jedidiah Groves, left, and Hunter Groves ride on the bumper cars at the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce’s carnival on June 23.

“This serves as a fundraiser for the chamber,” said Holocker.

“It is a way to earn a little money and bring a little fun to the community at the same time,” she said.

Each year it does help bring in some funds for the chamber, said Holocker.

“It’s been pretty successful. Even last year when the weather was not great, we still raised some money,” she said.

This year a LuLaRoe women’s clothing vendor will be open at the carnival as well.

“That is something we’re trying to develop,” said Holocker. “A program where our members can set up booths to get their name out there.”

More information about the local Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce is available at their website at arlingtonsmokeypointchamber.com.

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