Carnival that disappeared after decades in Mercer Co. comes back again

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An old favorite is back for a small borough in Mercer County. The Sharpsville Carnival came to an end over a decade ago, but after a change of venue and a bit of a downsize, it’s up and running once again.

This carnival had been around for decades. Generations of families have gone to it and now they hope it’s back for good.

To some, it looks the same — rides, food and, of course, games. Others say the old one was bigger.

“They had a little bit more room,” Mike Colello said. “It was stationed off of one of the main streets up there in front of the VFW.”

But the idea behind the Sharpsville Carnival — whether this year or decades back — is the same.

“It was more about the community and doing something right for the community to bring some new people, new faces, new families in town to let them see what this nice little town has to offer,” Colello said.

He’s one of the people who brought the carnival back. He said he wanted to continue the tradition — something the carnival is for many families.

“Our oldest son is 36 and we used to come back here back in the day and used to enjoy coming here. Every summer, we’d look forward to it,” John Stephenson said.

He went to the carnival in high school, brought his son and now hopes to bring his grandchildren. And Stephenson’s not alone.

“I’m seeing a lot of guys that I used to go to high school with and a lot of them have kids,” he said. “Makes me happy to bring her here. There’s a lot of joy and I got a lot of good memories of it growing up.”

Others, like 9-year-old Colin Fountain, are making new memories.

“I did that, Dizzy Dragons,” he said. “It made me really dizzy.”

It’s still unclear if the Sharpsville Carnival is here to stay, but between the smiling faces and community support, Colello said, “So far so good.”

The carnival runs through Saturday, open from 5 to 10:30 each night.

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