By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -
Carnival rides are about ready to go in Veterans Memorial Park in Bay City for the big Fourth of July festival.
Crews started setting up for the festival Tuesday morning, while others began prepping the fireworks show that will captivate the community for three days.
Semitrucks filled with carnival rides rolled into the park around 8:30 Tuesday morning. Crews were ready to take them off the trailers and set them up for four days of fun.
The Skerbeck family has been in the carnival business for six generations. At one time they lived in Saginaw. Ride lovers will be happy to hear about two new thrills.
"One will be kind of a kids-to-teenager ride, kind of in between a kiddie ride and a big ride. And then one is what we call a 'spectacular,' and it's the only one in the country," Bob Skerbeck said.
Something new for teenagers at this year's festival is kind of a nightclub-type feature.
"It's a different theme each night, and it's someplace for the kids to go. It's going to be like a nightclub-type atmosphere for teenagers, a nice safe fun atmosphere for them to go and have a good time with their friends," said Doug Clark, festival organizer.
Meanwhile over on the other side of the park crews from Wolverine Fireworks were busy. They unloaded the canisters that will contain fireworks shells for the pyrotechnical displays. Organizers once again promise great shows, with the huge event planned for Saturday.
"Every year we just continue to get bigger and bigger and better and we appreciate the community coming out," Clark said.
The community can start enjoying the festival with midway opening Wednesday afternoon.
The Saginaw-area fireworks will be on display on Ojibway Island this Friday at 10:15 p.m.
In Midland, the public is invited to Chippewasee Park on Friday night to see the fireworks over the ridge at dusk.
In Mount Pleasant, the Soaring Eagle is hosting a Stars and Stripes Spectacular with a fireworks show Friday night.
If you can't make it to the fireworks on Friday you can enjoy some of Mid-Michigan's biggest shows right from your living room. Be sure to join TV5 for the annual TV5 Fireworks Spectacular.
It all happens Friday at 10 p.m. on TV5.
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