A Pop-Up Carnival in a Parking Lot
Brown’s Amusements holds annual fair at Chandler Commons strip-mall
Editor’s Note: This story was originally submitted to the San Tan Sun News (a local Chandler, Ariz. newspaper and website). They declined to publish the story, so we are able to publish the article and photo slideshow. This story is no longer timely, but the event happens yearly at around the same time. And the oddity of it, surprised Executive Editor Matt Lewis. He has lived in Chandler his whole life and had not heard about or seen this carnival – which is held annually about a mile from his house.
By Matt Lewis
A pop-up carnival took place in a parking lot near the border between Chandler and Gilbert. This mini-fair was held from Thursday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 19 and ran prior to Presidents Day.
The site of the family-friendly fun was near the intersection of Ray and Cooper roads at the Chandler Commons strip-mall. A Ferris Wheel, Tilt ‘a Whirl and Carousel lit up the parking lot, even late into Sunday night.
In addition to rides, there were also a few of the standard carnival games – complete with prizes including large stuffed animals.
Young adults, and a few families, were still enjoying themselves late in to Sunday night. Many seemed surprised there was a carnival in their neighborhood.
Brown’s Amusements, a Chandler-based company puts on the carnival annually, said they’ve been hosting the event for years. The company has been operating in Arizona for more than two decades and hosts carnivals around the state.
“We do a lot of county fairs – our main source of income is county fairs – folks like bringing their kids; and these days, compared to everything else, it’s relatively in-expensive,” Danny Brown, owner of Brown’s Amusements said. “We’ve played the same location for years.”
The holiday on Monday left some of the Brown’s crew wondering why they were packing up a day early; but according to Brown the decision was a logistical one.
Timing was why they had to pack up early. Brown’s Amusements had booked another carnival in the Lost Dutchman area of Apache Junction starting on Monday.
The company went on to add that the weather hurt their revenue. Brown added that the rain might have been a factor in lower attendance.
The three day (or long holiday weekend) provided ample opportunity for attracting patrons, however. The carnival was supposed to be a good source of income for the carnival company, Brown confirmed.
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*** EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been edited from its original version. ***
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About the Reporter:
Matt Lewis is a freelance journalist based in Chandler, Ariz. and is the Executive Editor & Publisher of The Gilbert Gumption.