Following a year of pandemic restrictions, the carnival is returning to Lompoc.
Setup is underway at Ryon Park for the Spring Carnival taking place June 3-6.
The City of Lompoc says Ryon Park and other recreation facilities in the city are available for rent, even during the pandemic; however, certain guidelines must be met.
The City says the Spring Carnival is a carnival that will not include live music, a beer garden or temporary food booths.
Ride tickets are $1 each or 24 for $20.
Wristbands are also available for purchase and are $35 each.
Anyone riding the rides must wear masks and anyone not feeling well or experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms is asked to stay home. Social distancing is also encouraged.
Carnival owner Paul Maurer says they were shut down for the last 14 months, but adds this will be their fifth carnival in the last week.
While they were not operating, Maurer says they worked on equipment and took out loans to keep the businesses running.
"We're expecting less of a crowd because the rest of the event isn’t here. We would of liked to have been able to do this with the Flower Festival, they are great to work with, but because they're not here, it will be a much smaller event as far as attendance goes," Maurer said.
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While the Lompoc Valley Festival Association says it was unable to put on its annual Lompoc Valley SpringFest & Flower Festival at Ryon Park once again this year, the organization says it’s working to fundraise and hopes to hold an event this fall.