I, along with many parents I know, stood in line on Monday to purchase the $20 wristband for my child to Ride All Night at the carnival. Many of the parents had 3 or more children, so they were shelling out $60+ bucks for a night of entertainment. That money is hard to come by during these hard times, but is a good bargain for families with children, because it allows the kids to ride all they want and limits the amount a parent has to pay.
After getting parked and inside, we were ready to ride at approximately 6:30pm. My son got on his first ride, and before it could start, he had to get off because the carnival was shutting down because of the approaching storm. The lightning was very severe and I agree that the metal rides were the last place we should be. We waited as long as we could, but it seemed the storm wanted to simply hang over Berryville and take its time moving out.
As we were leaving, I asked if we would be able to use the wristbands on another night and were told “Nope, cant do it”. I found that a bit unsettling, but was told there was “nothing we can do”. Really? You are physically unable to honor the price paid by many parents and allow them to come back another night and use the wristband that they paid hard earned money for? Why could you not honor them another night? Its not like it takes a bunch of computer reprogramming or anything like that. Simply let those who kept their wristbands use them on another predetermined night before the carnival leaves.
I really feel this is an issue that someone with the Fair Committee should get involved in and see if there is a way this can be worked out amicably for all parties involved. We, the residents of Clarke County, paid money for our children to ride, and the carnival is not allowing us to do that on another night. I agree the storm was no fault of anyone, but the carnival will not lose money by honoring them another night. In fact, they made a boat load of money tonight, and got off early, and spent less labor and power to run the rides.
Is there anyone in authority out there who cares enough to try and find a solution for this matter? Does anyone have any power or persuasion to talk to someone in charge at the carnival?
I would hate to think that the many Clarke County families that went to the carnival tonight are going to have to tell their children that they cant go back again because they simply cant afford it.