Starting Today, It's a Carnival on a Rochester Hills Corner

This is the 35th year of the Rochester Hills Lions Club carnival, which benefits Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Weather and inspections permitting, the popular carnival on the corner of Avon and Rochester roads in Rochester Hills is set to open at 4 today.

It's the 35th year for the spring carnival, which features rides, games, prizes and food. It's sponsored by the Rochester Hills Lions Club as one of the club's main fundraisers for the . The Rochester Hills chapter was recently named in the top 20 of 5,000 Lions clubs worldwide in donations to Leader Dogs.

Lions Club representative Keith Kennedy said an inspection was set for Thursday afternoon and, if all of the permits are awarded and the rain holds off, the carnival will open shortly after. All-day arm bands are $20 per person. The carnival runs through May 13.

Kennedy said the main attraction this year will be a new ferris wheel covered in thousands of LED lights. "It can be seen for miles," he said.

Carnival hours are:

  • Monday-Thursday: 4-10 p.m.
  • Friday: 4-11 p.m.
  • Saturday: noon-11 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 -10 p.m.

Planning to go to the carnival? Keep Patch in mind — we want to showcase your carnival photos!

David Gifford May 03, 2012 at 03:42 PM
You have to see the ferris wheel! This is the first year I've seen them use LED's instead of the traditional light bulbs. In addition to saving energy, LED's are capable of producing an incredible light show. We could see it from south of Hamlin while driving north and I thought I was seeing fireworks, one of the many cool patterns it can do. We may check out the carnival this weekend.
Kristin Bull (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Take your camera, David!
Christine Laikind May 03, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I enjoyed seeing the Ferris Wheel as I was coming home from Downtown Rochester last night around 9:30 pm.
Kathleen Ritter May 04, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Don't forget to stop by Leader Dogs for the Blind while you're in the area and sign up for the blood drive there on May 11 between 10 and 4 pm! Leader Dog is located on the corner of Avon and Rochester Rd. or call 248-651-9011.
Kathleen Ritter May 04, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Looking forward to this great event!
Randy Buckman May 04, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I have no clue about logistics, but is there any way this could be in downtown, maybe next to The Mill or somewhere? This year, with the makeover an all, makes sense, but would it be a help for the businesses and city? Just asking. I definitely don't want to start flooding to town and changing the feel either.
mike jones May 05, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Every single time that fair comes into town, it rains. What's up with that?
Allison May 07, 2012 at 03:13 PM
What is the cost? My kids really want to go but I don't want to fork out a bunch of coin to have them not ride any rides or get upset if they don't win any prizes.
Autumn May 07, 2012 at 07:17 PM
It was so fun and its open this weekend my family and I are going to go again.
Autumn May 07, 2012 at 07:19 PM
It might be a good mother's day present also......
Elyse Martin May 09, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Just FYI, every year that fair sets up at that corner. All the people I know, we call it the Kmart fair. If it were to move locations, I know a lot of people that would no longer attend. We look forward to that corner housing the fair every year. It's tradition.
David Gifford May 09, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Hey Randy, I mentioned this in my new blog. Growing up on the east side with downtown carnivals from Romeo, Armada, Richmond to New Baltimore it would seem fitting to have the carnival downtown. There is a "brownfield" at Mill and Second that would be a good location but parking is always an issue. We also don't have a homecoming parade. Different town, different traditions that make Rochester unique.
Sarah May 09, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I would like to know the answer to Allison's question.....how much does it cost for kids? I saw that it's $20/person. Would that be $20 for my 3-year-old and $20 for my 1-year-old, as well as $20 each for me and my husband? And how much are the rides and games? I have never been to this carnival and would like to take my kids on Friday. Any response would be great! Thank you!
Laura Cassar May 09, 2012 at 10:47 PM
It's $20 for an all-day wrist band that would get you on all the rides.
Kristin Bull (Editor) May 10, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Your 1-year-old is free, Sarah.
Linda cleaver May 06, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Does Kmart have wrist bands to sell, I know they have sold them in the past. I have a two year old what is the price for that age
deja May 21, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Is this open now


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