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Carnival brings smiles
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It’s carnival time at the fairgrounds as Kissel Entertainment is in town until Saturday night. As the fish went round and round, Carter Maddox picked one up and let it go Wednesday night. Dad said the difficultly wasn’t in choosing a fish. Carter just loves playing in water. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

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Among the rides offered by Kissel Entertainment during this week’s carnival is a space ship called “Alien Abduction” for riders 4 feet tall and over. Jackson Mathews couldn’t ride, but he did win an alien. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

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Kissel Entertainment’s carnival kicked off Tuesday night to the delight of many local residents. 

“I’m very thankful that we got a carnival,” said Amanda Rucker, who brought her daughter, Kinsley, to enjoy the rides. “I wish we could have had the fair, but having the carnival is better than nothing. We’re enjoying it.” 

Kinsley said her favorite ride has always been the live ponies. Because those were not offered, she’s enjoying a second best – horses on the carousel. 

According to owner Madison Kissel, the COVID-19 pandemic is not something they are taking lightly and all team members went through extensive training on best health practices with a focus on COVID-19. 

Strict safety protocols were established for all employees to follow. 

Among them: ride attendees are to wear facemasks and sanitize amusement attractions after each rider, and that food café employees are to wear facemasks and gloves at all times. Employees must also fill out a “daily health check” questionnaire.

For visitors, an abundance of signs were placed urging them to wear masks and practice six feet of social distancing while waiting in line. There were also sanitizer stations throughout the midway.

Amber Murphy was pleased with the efforts made by the traveling amusement company and she voiced no hesitation about bringing her sons to the carnival. 

“I know people were complaining,” said Murphy. “They said they wouldn’t go. I said ‘we’re going and we’re going to have fun.’ We are having fun. This is great.” 

Friends Morgan Smith and Loryn Sherwood had a need for speed and rode everything that provided it.

“That was terrifying,” said Smith of AtmosFear, a thrill ride that ascends 90 feet and then drops riders at a speed that reaches 50 mph.  

Sherwood added, “It was a lot higher than I expected it to be.” 

Kissel Entertainment will be at Warren County Fairgrounds through Saturday. Rides begin Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. 

From 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, $20 armbands will be available. Tickets only are accepted at all other times.