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Morristown Carnival filled with concerts, Fever appearance

Children ride the Zipper during last year’s Morristown Carnival. This year’s carnival starts at 5 p.m. Friday and includes concerts, an appearance by Indiana Fever player Stephanie Mavunga, a car show and motorcycle ride.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

As always, Scott Spahr was holding his breath when it comes to what the weather will be like during the Morristown Boys and Girls Club Carnival.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the forecast looked promising for this weekend in northeastern Shelby County when the carnival will be open.

The forecast called for high temperatures in the 80s both Friday and Saturday, but a chance of rain on Sunday.

“The weather is what it is,” he said. “I think we’re going to have better weather than last year.”

This year’s carnival, scheduled to run from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Community Park, 381 N. Morrison, features something new thanks to a connection Spahr made several years ago.

The Indiana Fever chose Morristown to be one of the stops in its “20 Towns for 20 Seasons Tour.”

Stephanie Mavunga, the 2013 IndyStar Miss Basketball in Indiana, will be at the carnival at 6 p.m. Friday, along with the team’s mascot, Freddy Fever.

Spahr said he asked the Fever if the organization would be a part of the event.

The band “Strange Brew” also will be playing at 6 p.m. Friday until the close of the first night.

On Saturday, the local gymnastics team Flip For Fun will open the festivities with a performance on stage.

Two bands will also hit the stage that day, starting with “Crambone” at 5 p.m. “Glam America” finishes the night at 10 p.m.

Craig Moore performs at 1 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a couple new rides this year, Spahr said.

The car show and motorcycle ride also will be part of the fun.

The sixth annual bike ride will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday. Registration will run from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. and the ride begins at Morristown Elementary School, 307 W. Main St. It costs $20 to ride or $25 to ride with a passenger.

Registration for the car show begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with judging at 4 p.m.

“Our goal is to hit 100 cars and 100 bikes,” Spahr said.

Friday and Saturday’s tickets for the carnival cost $5 for adults 12 and up and children under the age of 11 have free admission with a paid adult. The ticket includes access to the concerts.

Tickets cost $1 for everyone on Sunday.

“Weather permitting, I think it’s going to be record breaking (attendance),” Spahr said.

The fees to attend the carnival do not include access to the rides, which are sold separately.