Midway open for weekend visits

Friday, August 24, 2007 | 5:17 p.m. CDT; updated 6:02 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

COLUMBIA — Just in case you missed the Boone County Fair this summer, there’s one more opportunity to visit the midway. A back-to-school carnival runs through Sunday in the Rock Bridge Shopping Center at Providence Road and Nifong Boulevard.

The carnival is the brainchild of Michelle Cox from New London, who envisions the carnival as an opportunity for the Boy Scouts of America to give back to the community.

“It’s something new, something different [and] a different way of life,” said Cox, who was raised in the carnival business and served as a Cub Scout master for several years. She said the Boy Scouts have made several thousand dollars from the fair over the years, in addition to the money made from having booths and serving spaghetti dinners at the fair.

Previously held in Hannibal, the canival was moved to Columbia this year due to scheduling conflicts.

John Fabsits, Boy Scouts of America district executive for Columbia, coordinated the event and expects a few thousand people to come out this weekend.

“It’s done fairly well in Hannibal,” Fabsits said. “It’s something we’re offering back to the community...and to keep kids off the streets.”

Activities include a merry-go-round, bumper cars, swings, a dunking booth and carnival games. Funnel cakes, corn dogs and other “good ol’ fair food” will be available, Fabsits said.

The fair will run today from 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday from noon to midnight; and from 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Coupons available at retail outlets offer unlimited ride passes for $10.Those are typically $13 at the gate. Tickets are available for $1 each, with rides varying in price.

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