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The annual Galax Firemen’s Carnival begins its festivities on June 24 and continues through June 29 at Felts Park in Galax.
Normally held on the week of July 4, the carnival was pushed back this year due to scheduling conflicts, according to the fire department. “Normally, when a carnival is booked, it is from a previous year with a city or town. We have recently been carnival shopping and these dates are what we got,” department officials explained on the GVFD’s Facebook page.
Despite the date change, the carnival remains a celebration of the Fourth of July, complete with the traditional lawnmower race and fireworks show.
This year, The Gazette is sponsoring a night of the carnival, with a "buy one, get one free" special on wristbands on June 26.
Those who purchase an adult gate ticket are automatically entered into the $300 nightly giveaway. Drawings are held at 11 p.m.
Bingo games are held at 6 p.m. each night with a 50 percent payout at each game. A $1,000 championship game will be held on Saturday night for qualifying players.
The fireworks show is on June 29.
The city’s annual Independence Day celebration will go on as usual on July 4, with a day of events. The Independence Day Parade is scheduled at 1:30 p.m., along with an ATV Rodeo at Felts Park beginning at 6 p.m., and a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
The fire department has also announced its first-ever Great Galax Duck Race.
For more information about the carnival or other July 4 festivities, visit the Galax Fire Department’s website at www.galaxfire.com, or find them on Facebook.
Galax Firemen’s Carnival Schedule
Monday: Classic Country 98 WBRF Radio Night — All carnival rides are free with $10 gate admission.
Tuesday: Gate admission $2 and $1 for children under 13. Wristbands available at $20 or individual ride tickets can be purchased.
Wednesday: Galax Gazette Night — Gate admission $2 and $1 for children under 13. Buy one wristband for $20 and get one free.
Thursday: Gate admission $2 and $1 for children under 13. Wristbands available at $20 or individual ride tickets
can be purchased.
Friday: Lawnmower racing, adults $6 and children under 13 $3. Carnival rides are $20 for wristband or individual ride tickets can be purchased.
Saturday Afternoon: Children’s Matinee from noon to 4 p.m., free gate admission and reduced prices for rides.
Saturday Night: Gates open at 5 p.m. Lawnmower race at 6 p.m. Gate admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 13. Rides are $20 for wristbands or individual ride tickets can be purchased. Fireworks at 11:05 p.m.