Carnival has new feature
For many, the Maple Leaf Festival just wouldn't be the same without the carnival downtown. For the second year, it will be in a different location.
"Overall, the comments were positive," said Nancy Crisp, Maple Leaf Committee chairman about the carnival's relocation. "We have a few businesses concerned, but we think we've taken care of that.
"The carnival people were absolutely thrilled with it," Crisp said. "They were able to put more rides in. They are working with the city on off-site parking for their living trailers, which should give them even more space." The carnival, which had been in front of the Baldwin City Public Library at Seventh and High streets for years, has been moved up the street. The rides and games will again be set up at the corner of Ninth and High streets, one block west of the emcees stand. The carnival is scheduled to run Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The usual rides and games will be available for people of all ages. There will also be a concession stand set up as well.
There's another change with the carnival this year, too. On Sunday, carnival goers that have purchased wrist bands will be able to ride all the rides they want for one price.
"It's only for Sunday," Crisp said.
The wrist bands will be available for $12 prior to the festival. They will be sold at Baldwin State Bank, Santa Fe Market and the Kwik Shop. They are only available for youth through college age students.
Starting Friday, the wrist bands will be sold at the carnival ticket booths for $15. Hours for wrist band usage are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.