Carnival finally up and running
June 12, 2008 · Updated 10:05 AM
"Fathoms o'Fun fans descended on Port Orchard Friday, excited to check out the festival's traditional carnival at the downtown Waterfront Park.And, they left Port Orchard frustrated and incredulous.Every ride, dependent on electricity, sat quiet, closed.So the show, except for the booths and pony rides, was a no-go.Though the rides cleared several inspection hurdles and began operating Tuesday night, the late start cost Fathoms o'Fun funds usually used to defray the cost of the Fourth of July Fireworks.Not to worry, said Bob Morehouse, a Fathoms coordinator. Because of a donation already secured through Fred Meyer, the fireworks show will go on. But we'll take a hit, he said. We'll be in the red. Managers with Jack Davis Premier Shows, the company operating the carnival this year, said they didn't secure the necessary permits from inspectors with the state Department of Labor and Industries by the end of the day Friday, and they couldn't be obtained over the weekend.Problems seemed to riddle the carnival from the outset.According to show manager Fred Ortmann, the carnival, which traveled from its last stop in Oregon, got a late start because truckers hired to transport equipment abandoned their vehicles. Hired help just wasn't reliable, he said.Morehouse said Fathoms changed carnival companies because Jack Davis Premier Shows was the only one not already booked elsewhere.By Thursday, carnival workers established the fair and secured the necessary approval from inspectors. All the rides are working, Ortmann said.The community here has been great, said Jack Davis, carnival owner. People have been giving us their support through the this whole thing.Carnival managers say they hope enough patrons show up to make up for lost time. Alread, the carnival has lost around $16,000 in prospective revenue. To attract more customers, the carnival plans to sell 24 tickets good on all the rides for $13, and wristbands until Sunday for $15.The carnival runs through the Fourth of July."