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Weekend carnival in Bricktown canceled

A streetcar travels past the Bricktown Canal in this  photo taken a few weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic hit Oklahoma City. [BRYAN TERRY/THE OKLAHOMAN]
A streetcar travels past the Bricktown Canal in this photo taken a few weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic hit Oklahoma City. [BRYAN TERRY/THE OKLAHOMAN]

Plans for a carnival in Bricktown this weekend are being dropped following concerns voiced by the community over the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.

A traveling carnival operator working with Brewer Entertainment had arranged to lease the parking lot at Oklahoma Avenue along the south side of the Bricktown Canal for the event.

The carnival was to run Friday through Sunday with rides, attractions, fair food trailers and fair games with miniature golf specials offered at Brickopolis.

In an interview with The Oklahoman at noon Tuesday, Brent Brewer said the carnival operator pledged to follow all CDC guidelines, including asking visitors to the free carnival wear masks, and that all rides would be wiped down.

The event was canceled an hour later with Brewer saying “after further consideration we have decided to postpone the Bricktown Fun Fair to a date to be determined in 2021.”

The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 1,089 new COVID-19 cases and 13 additional deaths related to the disease.

Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›

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