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Rides remain unlikely for Grape Fest

SILVER CREEK — Despite assistance from the Village Board, the Festival of Grapes having carnival rides is still very unlikely. Trustee Marv Cumming said he’s been working with Diana Carpus, making calls himself, and is having no luck finding anyone to commit.

“I’ve made quite a few phone calls to different vendor companies for rides without any luck,” Cummings said. “I had the last one today without any luck of availability. It doesn’t look like the amusement ride portion of the Festival of Grapes is going to happen.”

Cummings said he believes it’s too late in the season to pull any rides together, though he is appreciative of the work Carpus did to try and make rides possible.

“I do want to commend Diana Carpus for all the hard work she’s putting in, and her committee,” Cummings said. “It’s not 100% their fault there are no rides. I want the public to know that. … All these ride companies are going out of business and they can’t find workers to work the rides. … The Village Board appreciates all she’s done.”

As far as events in the village go, Cummings said that Tuesday’s Music in the Park will recognize all first responders for their service, and the Village Board members will be hosting a cookout for them, in addition to catering provided by Fat Floyd’s BBQ food truck.

Everett Lee and Underground Stampede will be playing from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Village Park, and several different departments in the area will be in attendance to show off various fire apparatus. Others are encouraged to bring their own for display.

The next meeting of the Village Board will be Monday, July 18 at 7 p.m., with their first scheduled meeting of the month being canceled due to the July 4 holiday.

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