Wells Carnival gets underway Wendesday; parade Saturday

A local tradition for more than three-quarters of a century, the Wells Carnival returns to the grounds of the Modern Woodmen next week.
The 76th annual event, which is sponsored by the MWA, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13 through Saturday, Aug. 17.
There will be entertainment nightly, rides for the kids, carnival games and food.
“It’s similar to what we’ve done in the past,” Todd Fenton, chief of the Wells Fire Department, said.
Even after 76 years, organizers said the goal of the event remains unchanged: To celebrate the community and its residents.
“The event is about having a good time with your family and friends. It’s the belief of what the Woodmen stand for, helping our friends and family, and our community,” members wrote in a press release.
The carnival kicks off each night at 6 p.m. (except for Saturday when activities begin earlier) and there will be live music each night beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. Besides the games—darts, ring toss, bingo, etc.—there will be the famous cake and pie booths where carnival goers will have the opportunity to walk home with a delectable treat. There will also be nightly raffles, by both the MWA and the Wells Volunteer Fire Department.
However, the biggest and perhaps, most exciting day of the carnival is Saturday.
The day begins with an antique tractor pull at 10 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. there will be pony rides and a saw dust pile for the kids. Adults will have the opportunity to play cow plop bingo and witness the talents of the Hill County Cloggers, a dancing troupe that will take the stage at 1 p.m.
Beginning at noon, the Ladies Aid of the Wells Methodist Church will host its annual chicken barbecue. The barbecue, which has been held for the past 60 years, will feature chicken, corn on the cob, cole slaw, potato and macaroni salads, rolls, dessert and beverages.
At 4 p.m. the annual parade will step off at 4 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “Spirit of ’76.” If anyone is interested in participating in the parade, they are encouraged to call Fenton at 802-645-9522 or email him at [email protected]
The evening comes reaches its climax at 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks display.
“The fireworks were a big success last year,” Fenton said.
The Modern Woodmen of America is a life insurance company with fraternal chapters across the county. The Wells Chapter, 10244, is very active and holds a number of events throughout the year. The organization houses the area food pantry, builds access ramps for local citizens, donates $7,500 each year to area churches and earlier this year gave out more than $15,000 in scholarships to area students.
The Wells MWA is located at 133 State Route 30.
Admission to the carnival is free and wrist bands, providing unlimited access to rides, are available each night for $10.

 

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