Can you smell the fried dough? Picture the colored cotton candies? Imagine the rides twisting, spinning and flipping around as childrenâ€™s smiles light up Bristolâ€™s sky as an entire festival celebration is happening all aroundâ€¦
Come September 22nd through the 25th, you will no longer have to imagine it, as the Carnival will be back on the same grounds as the Festival. A revamped site plan features the carnival programmed on the Memorial Boulevard Field with its many rides, games and food for families being right in the midst of the Mum Festival action where all other activities are planned in and around.
â€œHistorically, people remember the Carnival as being part of festival, in the same place. In recent years it was separated in different locations in the City,â€ said Mum Fest Squad Captain, Jack Ferraro. â€œThis year, our first order of business was to unite the two again. We couldnâ€™t be more excited to offer a stronger destination for families and festival goers to spend the whole day in one location.â€
Marenna Amusements Presents, one of the biggest carnival operators in the state will be stewarding the rides and events. A hands-on family operation, Marenna will impress with a setup akin to a traveling amusement park.
â€œItâ€™s tremendous,â€ said owner George Marenna Jr. â€œWeâ€™re happy to be more strongly integrated into the Mum Festival, and weâ€™ll be out in full force from kiddie rides to spine tingling spectacular rides, tons of carnival foods from cotton candy to soft serve ice cream and games. Itâ€™s going to be canâ€™t miss action!â€
The Carnivalâ€™s return highlights not only a shift in the site plan which now centers around Memorial Boulevard field, but is just one piece of a gamut of childrenâ€™s programming that will be a focus of this yearâ€™s Mum Festival.
â€œMum Festival was always about families,â€ said Festival Chair Mark Walerysiak Jr. â€œWeâ€™re going to honor that foundation starting with the carnival and building programming around family concepts while broadening the eventâ€™s age appeal too. Weâ€™re excited to release more information on more family and other activities shortly, stay tuned.â€
And remember, â€œMumâ€™s the Word!â€
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