RFD Carnival kicks off on Monday

Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

The 75th annual Ridgway Fireman's Carnival begins next Monday, July 23. This annual event is one of the longest running events in Ridgway and attracts thousands of people each year to the downtown area. 
“This will be our 75th carnival,” said Frank Quattrone, who noted that he is just one of the many people whose efforts go into making the event happen. “That is a total fire department membership effort."
As always, the firemen will have their famous pizza and french fries booth, as well as a drink station and the cook tent. Department volunteers will be serving a variety of other delectable treats including novelty ice cream. Tickets for games and nightly prizes will be available at the parking lot entrance, with the grand prize drawing for $10,000 occurring on Saturday, July 28, at 11:59 p.m.
Powers and Thomas Midway provide the rides and age-appropriate games for the carnival. Cotton candy, caramel apples, fried dough treats, hot dogs and corn dogs will also be provided.
Events that draw the largest crowds during carnival week include the pet parade, fireworks night, the grand prize drawing, and a parade taking place on Sunday.