PRYOR, OK —
Locust Grove Chamber of Commerce has elected not to rehire the traveling carnival to set up at this year's Founder's Day May 10.
“There will be no carnival for the safety of the children and the town. We can't, and will not, let this carnival come back. We are in talks with another carnival for next year, but are placed on a waiting list,” was posted on the Chamber’s Facebook page over the weekend. “Please understand that it was not an easy decision to cancel the carnival.”
“The decision was not just made by the Chamber of Commerce,” said Commerce President Wayne Perego. “It was a group decision by the chamber, city and police department, who all agreed it was in the town's best interest. A lot of people have been angry about the decision, but I assure you it's in everyone's best interest.”
Perego said he'd rather not disclose the problems the town had with the carnival, but said there was a problem with both equipment and personnel.
“We are still going to have bounce houses, and plenty of other activities for the whole family,” said Perego.
Locust Grove's Founder's Day is Saturday and includes pony and camel rides, an old-fashioned photo booth, dunk tanks, duck bond, ball games and a car show. There will also be entertainment from the Sam Cox Band and Panther Holler Gunfighters, as well as a pioneer dress up contest and a pancake breakfast.