The largest carnival to hit Jackson County is going on as you read this. Gates opened last night and the rides will be rolling until late Sunday evening. The event is going on at the old fair grounds in Marianna. Despite the dreary weather Friday afternoon, the family friendly carnival was still set and ready for action. Opening night was Thursday evening and 400 hundred people made their way to support those who have given so much for out country, veterans.
The Smith-Kelley 100 American Legion is sponsoring the family fun event. Admission is free and arm bands are $20. Proceeds go directly into the community by helping fund veterans in need of assistance. Money will be dispersed through Jackson, Washington, Holmes and Calhoun County veterans and families. By attending the carnival you are helping a vet make a doctors appointment, receive medication, or help aid them in a life crisis.
Modern Midways of Chicago is providing the rides and classic fair foods. It's been seven years since the last carnival by the post and this years success determines the fate of next years vet funding.
According to Commander Smith-Kelley Post 100, Tony Swearingen, he is proud of his fellow veterans and this type of elaborate fundraiser is one of the few money raising events the post can swing, "Our average is about 79 years old, so we are limited on the amount of physical manpower we have to get out and do fundraisers. So this is very beneficial to us and also the community as a whole."
The Saturday from 1pm to 11pm and Sunday from 1pm to 9pm.