The Carnival is Coming!


Rides & Games set up near Energy Centre until Sunday.

Wild Rose Shows from Spruce Grove, Alberta began setting up in Cold Lake on Tuesday morning. They brought with them rides such as the Zipper, the Spider, the Tilt-a-Whirl, and the Tornado. For the little kids, there is the Berry-G0-Round and Go-Gator.

Lorna Janvier, an oil worker from Cold Lake, had the day off so she was helping the staff get ready for this weekend opening. “We will be open on Thursday, July 6  at 3:00 p.m. and we’ll be here until Sunday, July 9  at 6:00 p.m.,” explained Janvier. “The other half of the show is in Sylvan Lake now. They have the Ferris Wheel, the Scrambler and the Gravitron, which used to be called the Round-Up.”

There is no gate admission for the midway, but tickets cost $1.00 per ticket. A book of 60 tickets will cost $55.00. “Rides cost 3 to 5 tickets,” said Janvier. “And there are height requirements for some of the rides.” Jason, who has been a carnival worker for seventeen years, was setting up the Duck Pond game. “We are a self-contained carnival. We bring our own power, and trailers. All we need to run the carnival is water.” Janvier added, “The Duck Pond is a game where everyone is always a winner.”

Also appearing on the carnival grounds (beside the Energy Centre) are food stands for elephant ears, mini donuts, popcorn, and candy floss. After Sunday closing, the carnival will be heading to Wetaskiwin. The Wild Rose Shows travel from town to town until the long weekend of September.