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Canoe Festival approves carnival

POSTED April 13, 2017 2:35 p.m.

DARLINGTON—Kyle Masbruch, president, called the Darlington Canoe Festival Committee special “emergency” meeting to order Monday, April 10, 2017.
    Canoe Fest found out in March that their long-standing carnival, Spectrum Carnival, would not be present at this years festival. On short notice Canoe Fest found interest from another carnival, Tri-State Amusements of Spooner. The committee received some background information about the carnival. The carnival has fifteen rides (including a bungee jump, scrambler, merry-go-round, etc.), food vendors (pizza wagon), etc.  After much discussion a motion was made by Candi Fitzsimmons to book Tri-State Amusements. Motion passed unanimously.
    Pedal Tractor Pull – the committee ran into time conflicts with the northern tractor pull outfit. The committee had the tractor pull slated for Saturday, which was already booked by tractor pull. Tractor pull wanted to have the event after the parade on Sunday. The committee didn’t think that would work out very well.
    Matt Crist runs a pedal tractor pull for the fair and members were wondering if he could run his version of pedal tractor pull for Canoe Fest on Saturday. Crist will be contacted.
    Darlington Idol - a time change was approved. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:00 p.m. The committee thought if the show starts earlier and finishes earlier, that may attract more spectators.
Updates
    Madison County - will perform inside a large tent at the Festival Grounds on Friday, June 9. 
    Tubing the River – Darlington Fire Department will have tubing on Saturday, June 10. Tentatively 12 noon until 6:00 p.m. A shuttle will be provided from the Festival Grounds.
    Chicken Barbeque – Boy Scouts will not have chicken barbeque
    Teen Dance – Saturday, June 10 in the big tent. Tentatively 9:00 p.m. until midnight. No DJ.
    Pancake Breakfast – Darlington FFA Alumni will run it Sunday morning in Veterans Park. This is not confirmed.
    Kick Ball Tournament – Different categories – adult, family, slip & slide at the City Ball field. Amber Wilson is planning this event and is tentative at this point.
    Food Vendors – several food vendors are interest in setting up near World of Variety and Library Park.
    Parade –no update.

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