The 2016 Skippack Village Carnival takes place Wednesday, June 1 thru Sunday, June 5. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the carnival starts at 6 pm and closes around 10 pm (may stay open later if busy). On Saturday and Sunday, the carnival runs from 3 pm to 10 pm or later if busy. The address is 4059 Skippack Pike.
Carnivals, old-time amusement parks and the circus of yesteryear hold an endless fascination for me. Thankfully, each year Skippack Village brings a real carnival almost to my doorstep. The bright lights, the colorful signs, and classic rides like the merry-go-round and ferris wheel, indeed the whole carnival atmosphere, are as refreshing as a glass of ice-cold, freshly-squeezed lemonade on a scorching summer afternoon.
What is it about a carnival that is so refreshing?
Most entertainment in the 21st century, even for children, is branded and backed by multi-million dollar marketing campaigns. Children of all ages now tell jokes tinged with bitter irony and sarcasm. Fun and laughter have become disengaged from innocence.
Suddenly, a carnival rolls into town. In the atmosphere of the carnival midway, I wipe the jaded residue of our times from my eyes, ears and tongue. I see colorful lights. I hear the joyful notes of the band organ. I taste the sweetness of cotton candy. I feel the power of clean, good old-fashioned fun to restore the soul.