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Paynesville Press - June 12, 2002

New carnival coming to Town and Country Days

By Bonnie Jo Hanson

For the second year in a row, Town and Country Days will feature a new carnival. This year, Sam's Amusements will provide the carnival rides and games for Paynesville's annual celebration.

The new carnival was chosen by the Paynesville Chamber of Commerce after the carnival last year was disappointing. Chris Stanley, Chamber president, said that last year's carnival wasn't what the Chamber had expected and said that the new carnival is family oriented, reasonably priced, and came highly recommended by Melrose.

According to Stanley, the Chamber put a lot of thought and effort into this year's carnival. "We're looking forward to a good carnival," he said.

The carnival opens on Tuesday afternoon, June 18, in downtown Paynesville on James Street and Augusta Avenue.

Advance tickets eight tickets for $10 are available until noon on Tuesday at the Central Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Community First Bank, Corner Drug, Farmers And Merchants Bank, Joel's Family Foods, and Paynesville SuperValu. With advance tickets, one ride will cost one ticket. Otherwise, if ride tickets are purchased at the carnival, each ticket will cost 75 with rides requiring two or three tickets.

The carnival will hold a drawingfor a bike from the advance tickets sold. Anyone who has already purchased tickets can return the top stubs of their tickets to the place of purchase to register for the bike drawing.

This year's carnival is owned by Chuck, Kris and Sam Waknitz. The Waknitzes have been in the carnival business for 35 years, and Chuck is a fifth generation carnival owner.

The Waknitzes will bring 11 rides and 10 games to Town and Country Days.

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