For the first time in nearly a quarter century, the carnival is coming to Blaine.
Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Davis Amusements Cascadia will bring its traveling amusement park to Blaine, starting this Thursday, May 22 and ending Sunday, May 25. The impromptu fair will take place at the old airport property on SR 543 and Boblett Street.
The carnival is the first of its kind to be set up in Blaine for 25 years, said Carroll Solomon, secretary for the Blaine Chamber of Commerce.
“I know we used to have them every year as part of the Skywater Festival,” Solomon said. “I still have people say to me, ‘I wish we still had a carnival like back in the old days.’”
Randy Watson of Davis Amusements said the company will bring about 12 rides this weekend, as well as cotton candy and funnel cake stands and a basketball skill game. Alongside carnival mainstays like the ferris wheel, the merry-go-round and the glass house, Watson and his crew will set up high-fun rides like the spinning Moonraker and the Sizzler. Patrons will pay for tickets per ride rather than one upfront admission fee. Tickets will be sold for $1.25 each, or in family packs of $24 or $40. The $25 all-day pass lets thrill-seekers ride to their heart’s content, even if they want to leave and come back later.
The carnival will open at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It is slated to close by 9 p.m. on Thursday and 11 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.