12 November, 2020
Family Carnival visits the Central Highlands
THE Fun Time Amusements Family Carnival was held at Emerald from November 6 to 8. The free carnival included rides, food, and games.
Fun Time Amusements explained that they hosted carnivals at the tail end of the COVID pandemic.
Fun Time Amusements operator, Roy Johnson explained that, pre-COVID, Fun Time Amusements hired amusement rides to a lot of corporate companies and to local events.
“When all the COVID restrictions came in, we had to re-think our business plan,” Mr Johnson said.
“A lot of local businesses lost cash flow and couldn’t afford to hire us and other events were cancelled.
“We had two choices – find a way around it or close up shop like a lot of amusement ride companies have done this year.
“We knew there was a market to fill for family fun, so we filled it.
“We joined as a member to The Australian Amusement Leisure & Recreation Association (AALARA), and got an approved COVIDSafe plan which we implement at all our events.
“We chose small towns as it is easy to follow our COVIDSafe plan.
“Currently, we have a patron limit of 1000 including staff.
“We can easily manage this by travelling to the small towns.
“We are locally owned and operate in the Central Highlands.
“Running these events through COVID has been tough.
“There is so much planning involved.
“Many office hours are spent liaising with councils for approval, obtaining different permits, and making sure there is the cliental at each event.
“The hardest part is being away from home for weeks at a time, especially as we plan the carnivals non-stop each week.
“We all have families back home.
“All the details for our event are on our Facebook - Fun Time Amusements Family Carnivals.
“Recently, we had a carnival in Emerald from November 6 – 8 and have one at Blackwater for November 13 - 15, with four sessions each weekend on Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 10am-2pm and 5pm-9pm, and Sunday 11am-3pm.
For more information, see Fun Time Amusements Family Carnival on Facebook.