With the visible underway, some are wondering what's to become of the Dreamland Amusements Carnival that sets up shop each year at the Nanuet Mall's parking lot.
After more than at the Nanuet Mall location, they've found a new home: Provident Bank Park, home of the Rockland Boulders. Their carnival dates are April 19 - 29.
"It's one of the locations on the routing that became an actual event. Even though it's only a parking lot, people really looked forward to us each year at that location. The Route 59 exposure was great," said Dave Shoup of Dreamland Amusements. "I hope the folks come out and patronize us at the ball stadium as well. It's beautiful. It's easy to get to."
Proceeds this year will benefit The Jan and Niles Davies Learning Center, which is a not-for-profit childcare program that serves kids 6 weeks to 5 years old. There will be rides, games, food and fun, and all in support of an early childhood education center.
"We currently have 102 children enrolled at the center. Traditionally our fundraising efforts have been on a much smaller scale bringing in $500-2000 per fundraising effort," said Ann Taylor, the center's director. This carnival will give us the opportunity, hopefully, to bring in a larger amount of money."
Advance sale wristbands will be sold starting on Friday, March 30 for $20 (normally $30). Buy early and save $10. Call 845-786-4595 more information or to purchase advance sale wristbands. You can also go to dreamlanddiscounts.com for more discounts.
Like usual, the parking and admission is free. The carnival will also be featuring a new ride: "The Skyhawk" and fireworks.
"The folks at the stadium are allowing us to light fireworks on Saturday nights," said Shoup.
"This is a family fun way to bring in the whole community. The rule of thumb is to have three months of operating expense in reserves, which we don't have," said Taylor. "Any extra money we have, we use to bring in different programs to enrich the lives of the children. We would love to continue to bring in programs for the children as well as have (that money) in reserves."