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Paynesville Press - June 13, 2001

New carnival hired for festival

By Linda Stelling

A new carnival, Premier Shows, will be lighting up the midway on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19 and 20, during Paynesville's Town and Country Days. They will bring some new rides and games on which people can test their endurance and skills.

Premier Shows plans to bring many standard rides along with some new ones to Paynesville, including a 70-foot long House of Terror, a flying elephant ride, and bumper cars.

The carnival opens on Tuesday and Wednesday at 1 p.m. each day.

The Paynesville Chamber of Commerce wanted a cleaner, more professional carnival, and were impressed with Premier Shows during a visit to Howard Lake last summer.

Merrium Midways had provided the carnival for over 40 years.

"We are a very clean show," said Jolene Osander, carnival organizer. The business has been in her family more than 58 years. Her parents started a one trailer circus and it grew to 25 games and 20-ride carnival.

All the games are owned by the Osander family, giving them more input and control on how they are operated.

They will continue to welcome nonprofit food vendors.

Premier Shows will be in Long Prairie prior to Town and Country Days and in Motley for the Morrison County Fair immedately following.

Advance tickets went on sale Monday, June 11. Tickets are available at Corner Drug, Community First National Bank, Farmers and Merchants State Bank, the Paynesville Office of the Melrose Credit Union, Joel's Family Foods, and Wally's G&T.

Cost of tickets are $20 for 25 tickets. Reduced-price rides will continue to be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

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