People will have an opportunity to experience the thrills and tastes of a carnival this week as Kissel Enter­tain­ment sets up in Elizabethtown.

The carnival, in a Towne Mall parking lot off Towne Drive, will open to guests at tonight.

Promoter Keith Hamby said the group originally was scheduled to stop in Elizabethtown in the spring, however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, that date got pushed.

Hamby said Kissel Entertainment follows the local health regulations, state regulations, and Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

“We’re doing everything that your local Walmart is obligated to do,” he said.

According to Ham­by, Kissel has a plan of action for social distancing in place, associates have their temperature checked before work, and all workers are required to wear masks. He said they also have someone sanitizing each ride between rides, noting there is one person who walks the carnival with a backpack sprayer spraying everything down.

“We’ve taken the most restrictive guidelines and just went with that,” he said.

Amy Inman of public relations for the city said Kissel applied for a business license with the city and they were in compliance. The city’s Planning and Zoning Department also was set to perform an electrical inspection.

Inman said that is the extent of the city’s involvement, adding the Lincoln Trail District Health Department will monitor all the recommended safety precautions to ensure the safety of attendees.

District Health Pro­motion Mana­ger and Public In­for­ma­tion Officer Terrie Bur­gan said carnival promoters submitted a plan that follows the Healthy at Work guidelines.

She said the health department will be on the premises to inspect the temporary food establishments. Any additional violations noted will be addressed.

In addition, Burgan said customers of the carnival can report violations to the LTDHD Enforcement Line at 1-270-982-7140 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

According to the company’s website, Kissel Entertainment is “a top rated, traveling amusement park that services state and regional fairs, festivals, fundraisers, and other special events.” They operate in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. Gate admission is $3 and people can then either purchase a $20 armband for unlimited rides or pay $3.75 per ride. A price of $1.25 per ride is available for young children.

Hamby said they’ve added a few new rides this year, including the Alien Abduction and the Star Scream. Some of the returning rides include the Fire Ball, Astro Wheel, and the carousel.

Hamby said so far this season they’ve had surprisingly good turnouts.

“It surprised us how accommodating folks are,” he said. “We like to see people have fun and have a good time. ... Getting out, having some good family fun, is good for our well-being, too.”

The carnival runs through Saturday.

For more information about Kissel Entertainment, go to kisselentertainment.com.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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