Wells Carnival this weekend

A Wells summer tradition returns to the grounds of the Modern Woodman of America as the community gears up for its annual carnival.

The carnival has been held for 74 or 75 years, depending on whom you ask, and is one of the final community events of the summer. The event benefits the MWA and its endeavors in the community, including scholarships for local students.

The carnival will be held from Wednesday, Aug. 15, through Saturday, Aug. 18, and will feature a parade, antique tractor pull, live entertainment, games, rides and food.

Live music will highlight the entertainment each night. The Red Hot Riders will perform on Wednesday; Street Talk on Thursday; Freedom Hawk on Friday; and Sweetwater on Saturday.

There will also be bingo each night except Thursday, as well as an assortment of other carnival games, and children will be able to enjoy several amusement rides. A $20 wristband will be available each night and provides unlimited access to the rides.

There will be a variety of food, from homemade french fries to fried dough, available all four days. And the event has traditionally featured a cake booth featuring homemade sweets from skilled bakers throughout the Lakes Region.

The most exciting day of the carnival, and the most action-packed, is Saturday.

The day will begin at 10 a.m. with an antique tractor pull and will lead into the parade which begins at 1 p.m.

Local volunteer organizations, community groups, and citizens will march in the parade. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best floats, cars, and best overall appearance.

Saturday will also features a bike giveaway and one lucky girl and boy will walk home with a brand-new bicycle.

Admission to the fair is free and the event is held rain or shine. The carnival will open at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and following the parade on Saturday.

For more information, call Todd Fenton at 645-9522, or contact the town offices at 645-0486.

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