By Matt de Simone
The Buchanan Community Carnival kicked off last week on the familiar carnival grounds, which spent a summer without the event in 2020.
A packed crowd gathered to celebrate their holiday weekend on Saturday. Depending on the locality, the aroma of kettle corn, funnel cakes, or candy apples grabbed the attention of many native noses.
“We have been extremely excited and busy preparing for this year’s carnival, of which we are expecting record attendance based on Coles Amusement’s attendance numbers to date,” stated Buchanan Town Manager Susan McColluch in an interview earlier last week. “The citizens I’ve spoken with are very glad we are holding the event this year, and volunteers have been very enthused during the committee meetings.”
The joy of summer rang true last week. For many, this wasn’t their first time attending the nine- event. However, McCulloch, who became town manager early in 2021, experienced this year’s carnival for the first time.
“This is my first time at the carnival,” McCulloch added. “I’m looking forward to trying a Petro, watching the parade and fireworks on July 3, and meeting our terrific residents and visitors.”
On Monday, McCulloch and Town Planner Harry Gleason reported that the carnival’s opening weekend was “a huge success.” They appreciate the town’s support in bringing out record numbers for attendance. In two days, carnival volunteers had served up 5,000 pounds of hand-cut fries.
Good news: the Buchanan Carnival is still in full swing through Saturday from 6:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. For more information, visit the Buchanan Community Carnival’s Facebook page.