By News-Register staff • 

Carnival rides hint of fun to come

Carnival returns to Oregon Mutual Insurance campus for second year

Big trucks carrying carnival rides are arriving in town today, and workers will be scrambling to set up all sorts of machines that spin and lift and thrill riders. 

The Turkey Rama carnival will open at 3 p.m. Thursday for a four-day run at Fifth and Baker streets. Oregon Mutual Insurance employees have generously agreed to leave their cars elsewhere during the festival so the rides can occupy their parking lot. 

It's the second year the carnival has been back adjacent to the Third Street portion of Turkey Rama. It moved to other locations -- first the fairgrounds, then the lot near Rice Furniture and Lowe's -- for several years after some people objected to the noise and lights and crowds it brought when it was at Second and Galloway.

But just as many people missed it, so Chamber officials and local businesses reached a compromise and back came the rides. And last year, most Turkey Rama goers said they were happy to have the rides close to the rest of the action, making it easy to enjoy the carnival as well as the music, the booths and Saturday's car show.

This year, like last, families can even enjoy barbecued turkey without leaving Saturday's car show downtown. Turkey dinners will be served at the Presbyterian Church at Second and Davis Saturday afternoon, as well as in Wortman Park. 

But if you can, visit the World's Largest Turkey Barbecue's traditional site on Lafayette Avenue. In addition to gobbling up the turkey dinner, you'll hear music by the local Second Winds Community Band and other groups, and you'll get to see the huge grills on which Elks and other volunteers cook five tons of turkey.

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