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Carnival returns to Smokey Point

 

Christopher Andersson

Ryland Betz, left, and Jordan Cardona ride one of the carnival rides at this year's Arlington Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce carnival on June 25.

For the fifth year the Arlington Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce has brought a summer carnival to the Smokey Point area, with an additional weekend this year from July 1 to 4.

The carnival began from June 23 to 26 and will continue the following weekend. It's located at 172nd Street and 51st Avenue.

The local Chamber of Commerce partners with Butler Amusements to provide several carnival rides, games and food stands to Smokey Point.

Local parent Paola Cardona said she wanted to come down to the carnival to have some family fun.

"We wanted to come down because it didn't rain and, of course, the kids wanted to come have some fun," she said.

"It's been pretty fun, especially for the kids," she said.

Cardona also said she likes that the carnival is local. "That way we don't have to drive very far out of the city," she said.

Grandparent Kathy Dickson said that the individual rides can be expensive but said the all-day passes were a bargain.

"The rides are a little spendy, but it's okay," she said. "It's worth it because times are so tight right now and it's hard to find something fun for the kids to do that doesn't cost so much money," she said. "We could stay here all day if we wanted to, but we probably won't," she said.

The all day passes for the carnival are $20 per person.

Parent Leah Dickson liked the expanded selection of rides this year and the amount of time that her kids got to spend on the rides.

"Normally they [the rides] are really short at other carnivals," she said.

"The rides are long at this one, so that makes it worth it," said Kathy Dickson.

Dickson also said she was looking forward to classic carnival food like the hand-dipped corn dogs available and said the workers there have been friendly.

"All of the carnies have been really nice," she said.

There is a mix of rides at the carnival with options available for all ages and heights.

 

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