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July 15, 2014

Fraser carnival returns July 17-20

By Nick Mordowanec
C & G Staff Writer

FRASER — It’s that time of year again for the Fraser Carnival, which is sponsored by the Fraser Lions Club and takes place annually at Steffens Park. This year’s carnival is taking place from Thursday, July 17, to Sunday, July 20.

When it comes to entertainment, community residents of all ages should expect the same fun and excitement that take place every year. The double Ferris wheel will be back, alongside numerous other rides that people are accustomed to seeing.

The mainstay beer tent will also be ready to go, once again housing the various musical entertainment of the long weekend: Full Circle will play from 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday; Brothers Righteous will play from 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday; Full Circle will play again from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, while Ages Apart will play the same day from 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; and Rock Steady will play from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday before Fun House takes over from 6-10 p.m.

There will also be a half-off special on alcoholic beverages from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, July 19.

A charity raffle will take place all weekend. It costs $10 to enter and there will be five prizes, all of which will be announced July 20 around 9 p.m. First prize is the choice between four vehicles: a Can Am Spyder RX (a three-wheel motorcycle), a Commander (a side-by-side four-wheel vehicle), a Ski-Doo or a Sea-Doo.

The other prizes are as follows: second prize will win a 60-inch HDTV; third prize is $500; fourth prize is $250; and fifth prize is $100.

As for the fireworks, a near-40 minute extravaganza is scheduled to blast off around 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 20.

Dale Moase, the chairman of the Lions Club, said the entertainment is great and residents can once again consume everything the city and the carnival has to offer.

“It’s Fraser, but we’re getting a lot of outside people,” Moase said. “We have the best fireworks around; it’s just awesome. They’re really good fireworks — some of the best in the county.”

Fraser’s Department of Public Works monitors the parade and sets up various portions of the carnival in conjunction with the Lions Club. Moase said last year’s event ran “very, very smooth,” with only two minor arrests taking place.

Safety shouldn’t be much of an issue again this year, if at all.

“Typically, we have everyone working,” said George Rouhib, director of Fraser’s Public Safety Department. “We have over 20 officers working it. Usually the only problems that we have are the kids fighting or we make a couple disorderly arrests, but other than that,  it’s mostly families out there. The crowd should be anywhere around 25,000 or 30,000 people.”

Rouhib offered suggestions for carnival-goers, such as leaving purses at home or putting money in front pockets. He said that even though larcenies are almost nonexistent due to the amount of police presence, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

However, the police have a zero-tolerance policy. If people get out of control, they will be locked up.

“We have guys spread out everywhere. We work in pairs and are strategically placed throughout the park, so wherever you are, you’ll see a uniform.

“The main thing is, it’s a family event and we know what areas the kids hang out and where we have a heavy presence and zero tolerance. Word has been getting out, and it’s been better.”

The carnival will be held at Steffens Park, located behind City Hall at 33000 Garfield Road and 14 Mile Road.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Nick Mordowanec at nmordowanec@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1118.