June 3, 2022 By Michael Dorgan
Come one come all!
A traveling funfair opened in Astoria Park Wednesday and carnival-goers have been enjoying various amusement rides, games, plus plenty of food and candy!
The funfair, operated by Dreamland Amusements, is taking place at the corner of Hoyt Avenue and 19th Street – under the RFK bridge – and will run through Sunday.
Revelers can enjoy views of Astoria from atop a Ferris wheel that rises high up into the air, while thrill-seekers are able to test their nerves on some spectacular rides like the Super Himalaya, The Delusion, the Dream Catcher and the Zipper.
There is also a range of children’s rides on offer as well as some carnival-inspired games for families to take part in like balloon pop and lucky ducky.
The funfair comes alive at night too with rides illuminating in LED lights.
The funfair took place at the same venue last summer. This year, operators have added two new rides to the traveling amusement park: a tug boat-inspired ride called Rockin’ Tug and Samba Balloons, which consist of several seats tilting and moving in a circular motion.
The funfair will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, from noon to midnight Saturday, and from noon to 11 p.m. Sunday.
Entry to the funfair is free, however, revelers will need to buy tickets to get on the rides.
Tickets can be purchased at the venue.
So far it’s been fist fights for parking spots, never ending cloud of weed smoke and the best of the best showing up. More like a carnival freak show than a fair. Why come to Astoria Park just to trash everything around it ? Do better, be better. Better yet, please have this “funfair” somewhere else next year.
This is great for Astoria!
What good does it do for Astoria other than for the company running the show?