Polk County Carnival scheduled for July 10-14 cancelled

Published 5:42pm Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Smokey Mountain Amusements arranged to have inspections completed Tuesday, Clark said, so the rides could be up and running July 10.  The carnival was set to be in town through July 14.

But with nowhere to place their equipment, Clark said his crew moved on to their next job site.

“So we won’t be there; we’ve already moved on to the next location,” Clark said. “Our crew is just laying dead because they didn’t really have anywhere else to go.”

Kanipe said the city got a call three weeks ago requesting information about permits. He said he returned calls to let them know that the city did have a temporary fair permit, which required a $300 one-time fee. Kanipe said the town never received that payment, but was expecting the carnival this week.

Stearns Park is owned by the county, Kanipe said, but is in the town’s limits, creating a gray area as to which entity is responsible for events coming to the location.

Polk County issued the permit for the ABC Party Rentals to be there for the July 4 event.

Much of that event was rained out, so Kanipe said the town is talking about trying to bring ABC Party Rentals rides back on Labor Day for families to enjoy.

The town plans to shoot off its fireworks display on Labor Day and possibly invite vendors back free of charge for an event that day. Kanipe said he expected council to further discuss Labor Day at its next meeting.


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