To those you who have been wondering what is being set up on the Herndon Town Green, and may be scratching your heads and checking your calendars thinking, "wait, it's not Herndon Festival time yet!" - you're not crazy.
Surprise! It's Fall Carnival time!
The Herndon Rotary Club, in partnership with the Town of Herndon and carnival company Jolly Shows - yes, the same company that does the Herndon Festival each year - is hosting its first ever Fall Carnival on the Town Green, located next to the domed Municipal Building at 765 Lynn St., this weekend.
The carnival will be open Thursday through Sunday evening, and already Patch readers are writing in, letting us know they've seen Jolly Shows out there setting up.
Arthur Nachman of the Rotary Club said the idea for a Fall Carnival came about in a unique way.
"Jolly Shows approached the Town of Herndon during the Herndon Festival this year because Herndon is their number-one venue for carnivals throughout the region. They asked if there was an additional date where they could have a carnival," Nachman explained.
Nachman said the Town then approached the Herndon Rotary Club, because the club had been wanting to hold a carnival in town for some time, but had been unable to find a suitable site. The Town then suggested the Rotary Club could work with Jolly Shows to put it on downtown sometime during the fall.
Nachman said another selling point was that the Town knows that all proceeds raised by the Rotary Club at its events goes back into the community for good causes.
Proceeds from this weekend's Fall Carnival will largely benefit the Pride of Herndon - Herndon High School's marching band - to help cover the costs for the band's upcoming trip to Hawaii in December for the Pearl Harbor Day parade.
Other causes the Rotary Club benefits throughout each year include free age-appropriate books for children ages 0 to 5 through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, scholarships for graduating high school seniors in Herndon, the new HealthWorks clinic in Herndon, school supplies for underprivileged families with school-age children, and many more.
The carnival will feature food, games and rides, Nachman said.
Tickets, Parking and More
Much like at the Herndon Festival, attendees can buy tickets they turn in to ride the many rides at the carnival. Wristbands good for unlimited carnival rides on opening night, Thursday, are for sale at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave.
Nachman said plenty of parking is available downtown, at the Municipal Building at 777 Lynn Street, in the lot at Center and Vine, in the lot at Center and Elden next to Subraru, and at the other lot at Center and Elden next to Horn Motors.
Festival-goers can also pick up a coupon for discounted ride tickets at local businesses such as Griffin-Owens Insurance, 847 Station St.; Green Lizard Cycling, 718 Lynn St., Maude salon at 775 Station St., Herndon Florist at 716 Lynn St., and at the Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave.
Thursday, Sept. 26: 5-10 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 27: 5-11 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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