Community members have gone out and enjoyed the first taste of summer in Marshall this week during the annual Greater Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce carnival by Triple T Amusements.

The carnival, which is located behind Kentucky Fried Chicken on U.S. 59, began on July 29 and will run through Sunday at 10 p.m.

During the event, Triple T Amusements held a canned food drive on Wednesday and Thursday to benefit Mission Marshall Food Pantry, offering community members who donated cans a discount on arm bands.

Arm bands are usually priced at $25 and are available all night at the carnivals ticket booths.

Stacia Runnels, Director of the Chamber of Commerce, said that the chamber has worked to facilitate the relationship between the landowner and the carnival for a number of years.

To help protect from the spread of COVID-19, hand sanitizer stations are places at each of the attractions, and community members are encouraged to wear masks while in attendance.

Ride capacity is also limited to 50 percent, and cones marking a safe social distance of six feet are spread out among attraction lines to prevent crowding.

Stormy Nickerson, city spokesperson, said that due to an exemption in Governor Greg Abbott’s GA-28 order, which excluded amusement parks, the city has no power to cancel or condone the carnival within city limits.