Late Nite Carnival brings in at least 3,000

Even with a rain delay pushing the event back a day, the Late Nite Carnival still brought students out into the cold.

More than 3,000 people had entered the carnival gates by 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, Late Nite staff member Chloe Johnson said after collecting data from both entrances.

The C-1 parking lot was filled with Ball State students, faculty and Muncie residents who came out to enjoy the festivities.

Shannon Sweeney, a freshman elementary education major, said she enjoyed her time at the carnival and thought it was a good way to end the semester.

"It's awesome," she said. "I haven't been to a carnival since I was little, so it was really exciting to get to come. And the fact that it's free is awesome."

Mark Rose, a sophomore math education major, also liked that the carnival was free.

"It's fun," he said. "There's a lot of stuff to do - a lot of rides, and because they're free, it's really nice to be able to go on everything."

North American Midway Entertainment supplied the rides and some of the games for the carnival. According to the company's website, it "provides a safe midway experience including rides, games and food to over 15 million fairgoers every single year in 20 states and four Canadian provinces, including 10 of the top 50 fairs in North America."

The company also provides rides for the Delaware County Fair and the Indiana State Fair.

Sophomore biology major Danielle Lutton said she really enjoyed the carnival environment.

"I think it's really fun," she said. "I like the atmosphere. It feels like a normal carnival. It kind of feels like my town's carnival. I don't do too many rides - I kind of get motion sick, but I like watching everything." 


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