Spring carnival is coming to Forbes

The Forbes Spring Carnival is bringing sideshow alley, with its games, rides and show food, to town.
The Forbes Spring Carnival is bringing sideshow alley, with its games, rides and show food, to town.

There's no show this year, but a group of ride and amusement operators are bringing a carnival to town.

Gage Stewart says he and his team have worked with NSW Health to organise the event, to be held at Forbes Showground, in a COVID-safe way.

Forbes, on Saturday September 19 and Sunday September 20, is the first of what they hope will be a series of events around communities that haven't been able to have their annual show this year.

Mr Stewart said the carnival would be open from 9am to 5pm and he hoped attendance would naturally spread through the day rather than have "peak hours" created by attractions like the fireworks.

Staff will be on the gate monitoring numbers, patrons will be asked to scan in via QR code if they have a smartphone or register manually if they don't.

There'll be hand sanitiser stations and rides will be wiped down after every use.

"NSW Health has given us pretty strict guidelines," Mr Stewart said. "They're not too different to what's happening in shopping centres."

The organisers are happy to do whatever it takes, it's an opportunity to work for the first time in six months.

Mr Stewart attended Red Bend, so for him Forbes is a good place to start.

"We're hoping we can bring a bit of fun and joy to the town," he said.

There will be one entry and one exit point - although there's not actually a gate charge - and one place to buy tickets or tokens to then use on rides which will cater for tiny tots through to thrill-seekers.

Sideshow alley attractions including showbags and dagwood dogs are also part of the event.

It's all being marked out at Rotary Park to allow for social distancing, and there will be a dedicated zone for the younger children.

They, like other event organisers, just ask that everyone abide by the conditions placed on the event so that everyone can have a good time.

"Our first and foremost priority is the safety of everyone," they explain on their Facebook page.

Don't attend if you're unwell, they advise, allow 1.5m distance between people and practice good hand hygiene including regular washing or sanitising.