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Festival carnival opens

Julie Angell • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:53 PM

Residents and out-of-towners on Tuesday strolled down Washington Avenue, where the annual Coast Guard Festival carnival was being set up, and eyed each ride in anticipation for its opening. The carnival came alive just before 6 p.m., putting smiles on the faces of kids patiently waiting for rides.

Carnival-goers may notice a change of name on the rides, as Skerbeck Carnival will be providing the rides and entertainment for this year’s festival. The Coast Guard Festival has previously worked with Playworld Amusements, which is no longer a full-service carnival, according to Skerbeck and Playworld’s website.

Dustin Skerbeck and the rest of the carnival employees were up in the wee hours of Monday night and Tuesday morning to set up the popular festival attraction. In order to dodge traffic, Skerbeck workers started to bring in the rides at 10 p.m. Saturday.

Skerbeck said he is looking forward to working with the festival for the first time.

“Lucky for us, because I know it’s a very good event,” he said.

The rides Skerbeck anticipates to be most popular are the Fireball, “an upside-down roller-coaster style loop”; the Zipper, which “flips riders in multiple directions”; and the Twister, “a high-flying carpet ride that whisks riders vertically 50 feet in the air before bringing them back to the ground.”

Read the complete story in today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

See more photos from the carnival and other festival events at grandhaventribune.com/photos.

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