Carnival returns to Ware from June 23-25

June 20, 2022 | Miasha Lee

WARE – Come one, come all to the Ware Carnival which is set to take place on June 23-25 at Memorial Field on South Street from 5 p.m.- 10 p.m., offering rides, games, food and live music.

“This is the first time we’re doing this carnival,” said John Morrin, who is organizing this event for and through the town of Ware. “It’s going to be on the baseball field. We’re going to have all the stadium lights lit, so it will be a really nice day and a great event to bring families to.”

Vendors such as Tootsies, Jack’s Fries, Mel’s Sweet Treats, and Progression Brewing Company will be at the carnival. Plus, the Ware Knights of Columbus are going to have hamburgers and hot dogs. Admission is free, and all of the funding is through donations.

Morrin told Reminder Publishing they have always had a carnival, but it was a fundraiser for St. Mary’s School. When St. Mary’s closed, the school stopped hosting the carnival. Morrin was on the Park Commission and said the chairman kept trying to get a carnival in the town, but no one would come in. Morrin asked if he could try, and the chairman gave him permission. For four years, Morrin tried to get a carnival to come to Ware, and no one ever got back to him.

Like clockwork, every spring and fall he contacted every carnival company in New England.

“Finally, this year somebody called back and said they wanted to take a chance on us,” Morrin responded. “The R. W. Commerford & Sons is the carnival company we brought in for this three-day event.”

The R. W. Commerford & Sons is based in Goshen, CT and was founded over 40 years ago by Robert W. Commerford. They will have three food stands and four game trailers, along with the rides.
Morrin said he hopes everyone have a good time and that this will be a nice community event. The goal for this carnival, he said, is to raise money for veteran’s causes in town, but Morrin said they haven’t put all of that aspect of the event together yet.

“For this year, we just want to get the carnival done, have a good turnout and make it worthwhile for the carnival vendor to come back next year. Then we’ll have an entire year to plan it and it will be much bigger,” he closed.

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