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Headline: Carnival gets under way in Silverthorne tonight

Jane Reuter

SILVERTHORNE – Yellow, blue and pink-striped canopies stretch tight over red wooden booths. Countless stuffed Kermit the Frogs and Big Blue Bears press their stuffed paws against clear plastic bags tossed onto the black asphalt of the factory stores’ parking lot. Mostly male, tank-top wearing and tattooed workers swear at one another – generally in good humor – as they erect metal fences, clip yellow swings to chains, unload tiny train cars painted with happy giraffes, zebras and elephants from semi trailers.

The carnival is coming to Silverthorne.

It starts tonight and continues through Sunday in the parking lot of the Green Village. Known to some locals as Phase III, it’s also the lot for Levi, OshKosh B’Gosh and Bass.

It’s an event the Silverthorne Factory Stores is putting on “just for fun,” said the stores’ marketing director, Jana Rae. “Just because we have the space and they have the rides.”

“They” are Brown’s Amusements, a Phoenix-based company that is stopping in Silverthorne between a KMart customer appreciation days celebration in Denver and the Glenwood Springs’ Strawberry Festival.

“We’ve got the Zipper, the Swinger, the Scrambler, the Super Jet rollercoaster, the baby Himalaya, kiddie motorcycle rides, the Safari Train, and hopefully the Ferris Wheel,” said Brown’s Amusement general manager Chuck Myrick. “It’s coming from a long way away, but I think it will be here in time.”

The usual carnival games and fare also will be featured.

Each ride will require 2 to 4 tickets. Tickets sell for 75 cents apiece, or a discounted price of 20 tickets for $14.

According to its Web site, Brown’s Amusements, in business since 1979, has had no accidents.

“It’s a family-run business,” Myrick said. “Smaller than some, but a very, very clean carnival … We got it all.”

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at jreuter@summitdaily.com

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Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

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