Three-day carnival opens Dec. 1 in downtown Queen Creek

The Great Northern A'Fair carnival will be in Queen Creek Dec. 1-3 in conjunction with the 34th Annual Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade, which will take place Dec. 3 in the Town Center. Presale ride wristbands are on sale through 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce. After that, ride wristbands and individual tickets will be sold at the event, which will take place in the Queen Creek Branch Library parking lot. (Courtesy Great Northern A'Fair)

The A Great Northern A’Fair carnival will be in Queen Creek Dec. 1-3 in conjunction with the 34th Annual Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade, which will take place Dec. 3 in the Town Center. Pre-sale ride wristbands are on sale through 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce. After that, ride wristbands and individual tickets will be sold at the event, which will take place in the Queen Creek Branch Library parking lot. (Courtesy A Great Northern A’Fair)

If you think you’re seeing flying pink elephants, you’re right. Work is under way on the A Great Northern A’Fair carnival, the newest addition to the 34th Annual Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade.

The carnival will take place 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Dec. 2, and noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the parking lot of the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road.

It will feature 10 rides, including Thea’s Zoo, Flying Pink Elephants, the Rip Saw, Ferris wheel and the Hammer, according to carnival owner Tim Mattfeldt.

The carnival also will have six to eight games and will sell cotton candy, candied apples and other concessions, Mr. Mattfeldt said.

Pre-sale wristbands for unlimited rides can be purchased for $20 through 3 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce, 22246 S. Ellsworth Road. Wristbands can be purchased at the carnival for $30.

Individual ride tickets will be sold at the carnival for $1 each, $25 for 30 tickets and $50 for 60 tickets. Each ride requires two to four tickets, Mr. Mattfeldt said.

For more information, call the chamber at 480-888-1709 or visit www.greatnortherncarnival.com.

The 34th annual Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, in downtown Queen Creek. It is presented in partnership between the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek.

The festival will begin at noon at the Queen Creek Recreation Annex, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road in the Town Center; it will last until 7 p.m. The parade starts at 3:30 p.m. More than 60 entries are expected to participate. This year’s theme is Cartoon Christmas.

The parade will run north on Old Ellsworth Road and will end at the recreation annex, where attendees can explore merchandise offered by more than 120 craft vendors, food vendors and enjoy live local entertainment, kids crafts and activities, photos with Santa Claus and a variety of other activities. A tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 6:15 p.m. in the festival area.

A menorah lighting ceremony also is being planned for Dec. 28.

For more information, visit www.queencreekparade.org. (Editor’s note: The website was experiencing problems at noon Nov. 30, but should be up and running soon.)

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