MANVILLE: Carnival features rides and food, but no fireworks

Go on rides for one price on Thursday and Saturday nights

By Mary Ellen Day, Special Writer
   Rain forced the cancellation of Tuesday’s opening night of the annual Manville Youth Athletic League carnival, but the show was planned to open yesterday and run tonight, Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. at Gerber Field on Duke’s Parkway.
   The lights, smells and sounds of the 30-year carnival event will be back, but not the fireworks.
   ”Unfortunately, this year we will not be having fireworks due to cost,” said John Bentz, president of the MYAL.
   Rides for kids and adults are a big attraction and Bracelet Nights — when people pay one price for unlimited rides — will be Thursday and Saturday nights.
   Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers and fries, gyros beef on a stick and sausage and pepper sandwiches will be sold by Johnny Zeppoli Concessions from North Jersey. The MYAL will sell pizza fritz, which they do every year, and there will be nightly music by different DJs. A beer truck will also be available.
   Proceeds from the carnival help offset the cost of the MYAL football, cheerleading and baseball programs.
   Banners adorning the fence are from MYAL sponsors during the baseball season. Mr. Bentz said they moved the signs from Lost Valley up to Gerber Field. Sponsors paid $325 fee but next year they will only pay $200. If anyone is interested in getting a banner, contact the MYAL.