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Easter carnival moves downtown April 3

The quarters will be a little closer and there won't be any eggs to hunt, but some intervention by downtown businesses will keep Farmington's Easter carnival up and running this year.

CEEF, the Castle Rock, Empire, Eureka and Farmington community group that has held the carnival in recent years and an egg hunt long before that, announced earlier this year that it didn't have enough volunteers to hold the event. That's when Farmington's Downtown Business Association stepped in.

Amy Nielsen, owner of downtown's Grand Hall Studio, brought the carnival to the DBA looking for help. She said the carnival is an important event in the community.

"Most of the people that come to it expect it," Nielsen said. "If there's people willing to put the time in for it, I think we should keep things going."

CEEF already had the games. Nielsen figured the DBA could provide the manpower.

CEEF and the DBA will hold the event from 9 a.m. to noon April 3 at Grand Hall Studio. A dozen businesses will host games, and there will be giveaways every hour, including a drawing for a new bicycle.

"We'll have plenty of prizes," Nielsen said.

The Grand Hall, on the second level of the Exchange Bank building at the corner of Third and Oak, doesn't offer the same room to move as the gymnasium at Meadowview Elementary School, where the carnival was held last year. But Nielsen has talked with business owners about offering events at their business. And she's recruiting volunteers to keep things running smoothly.

"I'm hoping we don't get everyone at once," she said.

There will be a $1 admission charge for the event to help support CEEF and the DBA.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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