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Carnival pulls out of Heritage Days

The annual St. Paul Park Heritage Days festival has featured a carnival in previous years. The carnival lined up for this year recently dropped out. File photo

Heritage Days may have to go another year without a carnival.

Heritage Days Planning Committee members booked Cody Rides for the city festival back in January, and had a signed contract.

Heritage Days Planning Committee member Arlo Arlandson received a letter earlier this month from the carnival company that said they would not be able to be at the fair this year or any coming year.

After St. Paul Park's contract was signed, Cody Rides was sued based on an incident New Year's Eve when two college students fell from their ferris wheel at a festival in Minneapolis.

Other festivals in Minnesota have received letters from Cody Rides that they will not be providing services this summer including the Faribault and Le Sueur county fairs.

Committee member Sheila Nitz said she hopes they can still find another carnival, but at this late in the game it may not be possible. Heritage Days runs Aug. 18-20.

"We're looking at something else that would be available for entertainment ... At this short notice availability is very limited," she said. "Fingers crossed that something will work out."

Nitz said the committee was very excited after securing a carnival contract after not having one at last year's festival.

"You want your fest to be a success, but a carnival always helps you reach a success," she said.

"I think it's more than terrible," she added.