If you've driven around the JC Penney side of Quincy Mall, you may have noticed that a carnival is being set up. The Summer 175 Carnival Celebration will be taking place Thursday through Sunday on the Quincy Mall parking lot. Mike Jenkins, Quincy Mall's Director of Marketing, gave us all the information on this weekend's carnival. 

Kurt Parsons

Can you share with us a few details on this weekend’s upcoming carnival?

Working in coordination with the Quincy 175 committee, we’re billing it as the Summer “175” Celebration Carnival—the kickoff to the city’s summer celebration schedule. It’s being held on our West/JCPenneys lot, and runs Thursday & Friday 6-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m.

Any idea on what rides and attractions Tinley Amusements will be brining?

Tinsley Amusements has some 30-40 rides, and usually brings anywhere from 10-15 of them to any given location. As such, we’re unsure exactly what mix of rides will be there, but you can expect many of the tried-and-true favorites…for those who are interested, the attractions have already begun arriving, and are waiting on our back lot along 36th Street.

Is this a wrist band carnival, or do attendees need to buy tickets for rides?

Both. Tickets are $1.25 each (most rides will take 2-3 tickets), or a block of 22 can be purchased for $20. In addition, Thursday and Sunday will be designated Wristband Days, where $20 will buy a wristband good for unlimited rides for that day.

The Quincy Mall website says that participating stores will be offering coupons and specials during the carnival. Do you know what stores will be participating?

A special $5 off ticket is available at most Quincy Mall stores, that will bring the wristband price down to $15, free with any purchase from participating stores. Most shops will have the coupons on hand;

After the carnival, what other fun upcoming events will take place this summer at Quincy Mall?

Beginning Monday, June 8, we have a Father’s Day Gift With Purchase promotion. While supplies last, Quincy Mall shoppers can bring $50 in June receipts to Customer Service to receive a FREE Father’s Day Dogtag necklace (three styles to choose from, a $20 value)…and on Saturday, June 13 we’re having two great events: the B.Y.U. Young Ambassadors will be performing a FREE show at Fountain Court at 2:00pm, and the Tri-State Lugnuts Car Club will host the first of two Drive-In Movie Nights on our front lot. Many of the greatest cars & trucks of the past century will begin cruising in for display at 6:00pm, and a family-friendly movie starts at dark.