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Carnival to bring back a crowd favorite this year

The Zipper is back!

After being left out of last year’s lineup, the crowd favorite will be brought back this summer after event planners were bombarded with requests.

“We didn’t have it last year, but we were inundated with requests for it to return, mostly from the teenage audience that attends the carnival,” said the festivals executive director and retired Coast Guard Cmdr. Mike Smith. “We had to remove a couple of kids’ rides in order to make room for it, but we feel like this will be a big draw.”

CARNIVAL1This year’s layout might look a little different, with most of the kids’ rides being placed in the 300 block of Washington Avenue and the Zipper and the Ferris wheel being placed in the Harborfront parking lot.

For Scott Klaassen, executive board chairman, the goal of the carnival every year is to bring endless and ageless enjoyment to every visitor.

“We are always hoping to provide quality entertainment for all ages,” he said. “We have amusement rides for kids, teenagers and adults. We also carnival games, food, music and it all creates a very exciting and friendly atmosphere for anyone who visits.

“Our goal every year is to make sure that everyone that visits the Coast Guard Festival has a good time. The carnival is right in the middle of downtown Grand Haven and it helps the center of all the events that happen throughout the week.”

The 2016 Coast Guard Carnival begins Tuesday, Aug. 2, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 6.

You can purchase tickets as you go, or buy wristbands for $20 that will allow you to hop on an unlimited amount of rides you want for that given day.


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