Carnival and Fireworks Bigger and Better for 50th Anniversary

This year’s Carnation Festival carnival, August 9-11, will spread across the south side of newly renovated Anderson Park, 4355 Field St., and will have more carnival games and rides than ever. Of course, there will be endless concessions, with funnel cakes, corn dogs, cotton candy and other classic carnival foods. 

Carnival rides vary from $1 to $5, but an unlimited daily pass is available for $20. Parents always enjoy watching children rush onto a ride and climb off laughing. If the next words they hear are “Can we go again? Please, please?”, purchasing a wristband allowing a day of endless rides might be a great choice.

A variety of new carnival rides will be offered this year. Volunteers from Family Tree and board members of the Lutheran Hospital & Foundation will provide and run free bouncy castles. (Donations gladly accepted!) Local food vendors – many repeat favorites – will return.

The fireworks show will be bigger and better in celebration of the 50th anniversary.  On both Friday and Saturday night at 9:15 p.m., two graduates of Wheat Ridge High School will orchestrate the amazing show. Two days before the festival, Steve Shriber and Jeff Hendricks of Firestorm Pyrotechnics will bring the fireworks over Loveland Pass. (because a semi-truck full of fireworks isn’t allowed through the tunnel.)  When Shriber was growing up in Wheat Ridge, he loved every fireworks show. Eventually, he began saving his money and driving to Wyoming to buy fireworks – a lot of fireworks. He then returned to Wheat Ridge and sold fireworks to his friends. After years in school and in the aerospace industry, Shriber and Hendricks began Firestorm Pyrotechnics in Springville, Utah. Firestorm Pyrotechnics produces choreographed shows combining music and fireworks. The timing and matching of music and multifaceted fireworks displays are what draws the ooohs and aaahs at every show. 

So be sure to come and enjoy the food, fun, and fireworks  at the 50th Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival!