CAROL STREAM – The 16th annual four-day Carol Stream Carnival began 6 p.m. Thursday at Ross Ferraro Town Center.
The largest carnival ever at the Town Center, the event includes 20 rides, including the Starship Gravitron, the Edge, the Ring of Fire, the Cliff Hanger, the Tornado, the Giant Fun Slide, the Merry-go-Round and the Tilt-a-Whirl.
Chris Oakley, assistant to the village manager, said the carnival makes Carol Stream a destination for summer fun.
“You don’t have to go very far,” he said.
The carnival also features a full game runway and a food court offering favorites such as elephant ears, funnel cakes, roasted corn, fresh lemonade, pizza, popcorn, cotton candy and a blooming onion.
Oakley anticipates more than 7,000 people will attend the carnival.
Alpine Amusement, which is hosting the event, will sell unlimited ride wristbands valid Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Carnivalgoers can receive a $2 off coupon on the purchase of an unlimited ride wristband at the Carol Stream Municipal Center, 500 N. Gary Ave.; the Carol Stream Public Library, 616 Hiawatha Drive; and the Simkus Recreation Center, 849 Lies Road.
Carnival hours are 6 to 11 p.m. today; 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Alpine Amusement is partnering with Western DuPage Special Recreation Association and Special Kid’s Day of Elmhurst to host a free carnival for individuals with special needs and their family members and caregivers.
The carnival will be Saturday, 11 to 1 p.m. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. and include free prizes, giveaways, complimentary water bottles and face painting.
For the past 12 years, Carol Stream has been working with Alpine Amusement to provide the carnival to residents. With an exchange student staff from all over the world, Oakley said the company knows how to create a great carnival environment.
“They are good at interacting with the public,” he said. “They want people to have a good, well-rounded experience.”