Jackson County, Michigan – The annual carp carnival is back with food, fishing, carnival rides, and other favorites.
The 63rd annual Carp Carnival, hosted by Michigan Center Lions and Lions, kicks off Thursday, June 9 and ends Sunday, June 12 at Lonely Township Park on Fifth Street in the center of Michigan. Lions Club member Dan Edwards said the carnival has been canceled since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and organizers are excited to bring it back.
The money the Lions and Lioness Clubs raise in this event goes back to the Michigan Center community and funds things like scholarships, community eye exams, and more.
“We’ve invested a lot of money in the community and the past few years have been tough,” Edwards said. “This is our biggest fundraiser. We are ready to go.”
Edwards said that this year guests can expect everything to be about the same as at previous carnivals, including a beer tent, rides, vendors, live music, fair food, and a fishing contest. He said the event will feature a junior and carp tournament and interested fishermen can register at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at the lake’s public landing.
Carp Carnival also features a parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, which will meet at Arnold Elementary School, 4064 Page Ave. , and heads toward the Leoni Township Fire Department building. Edwards said those interested in participating should be at school around 10:30 a.m.
Admission to the event is free, but the carnival ride requires a wristband that can be purchased for $20 before the carnival at Lee’s Lakeside Party Store, Flagstar Bank, Tim’s Market, or Stark’s Party Store. Residents can also purchase them through Lions Club members at 135 Bennett Drive. The bracelets at the carnival cost $25.
Michigan Center Lioness Club will sell “We’re Back!” T-shirts and cooler boxes for fundraising. The T-shirts are $15, Edwards said, and can coolers will be sold in three different sizes starting at $5.
Carnival rides run from 2 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The beer tent is open from 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
“We want as many people as possible to come and be together again,” Edwards said.
More information and updates can be found on the event’s Facebook page.
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