While 2020 was a bust for local volunteer fire companies that hold carnivals, 2021 has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for organizers as they try to navigate whatever the “current” COVID-19 restrictions might be and weigh financial risk vs. benefit of taking a chance on saying the carnival … “It’s on!”

For the Mount Airy 4 County Lions Club, it’s on June 7 to 12 at the Mount Airy Carnival Grounds. “We’re putting this together pretty quick,” said Tanya Miller, carnival chairwoman. She said there were some doubts, but the club decided to forge ahead with the carnival about mid-March. Typically, planning starts around September for the following year.

Rosedale Attractions will allow more space between ride and game setups at the carnival in Mount Airy, and there will be hand sanitizing and washing stations throughout the grounds.

“It’s a gamble,” she said, noting that so far, they have only one community sponsor and would welcome more. Live entertainment will be limited to Thursday through Saturday with Reed and Son Services in Mount Airy sponsoring the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band Brickyard Road on Saturday. The other two nights’ music will be announced at a later date.