The Jackson County Spring Carnival begins this evening at the Veterans Fairgrounds in Scottsboro.

The gates open April 18-21 at 5:30 p.m. with rides beginning at 6 p.m. On Saturday, April 22, the gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and rides will begin at 5 p.m.

Gate admission for ages 4 and older are $4 and kids 3-years-old and younger will get free admission.

Armbands are available each night for $20, or ride tickets for $1.25 or 22 for $25. 

“There will be all kinds of thrill rides, fun games and good food,” said Jane Stump with the Jackson County Fair Association. “There also will be free entertainment nightly. We hope that everyone will come and have an awesome time.”

Entertainment includes Kissel Entertainment LLC, who will be the Midway Attraction.

Hawthorne Circus Bizarre will be performing shows every night of the carnival.

“Once a staple in the Carnival industry, sideshows have all but disappeared from Midway,” according to a press release. “Hawthorne’s Circuis bizarre is one of the last remaining sideshows that still tours full-time. From March to November, ‘The Most Unusual Show in America’ will be seen in many cities from Pensacola, Florida up to Indiana. Under this tent you will find a historical museum of oddities from around the world – some items from sideshows that toured over 100 years ago.”

The show includes a line up of carnival performers including Ember the Mistress of pain, who walks on razor sharp glass and lies on a abed of nails; live exhibit such as Spiderella who has the “giant eight-legged body of a spider” and the live headless lady.

For more information on the carnival, you can contact Stump at 256-548-2212 or 256-437-8280. You can also email her at

For more information about Hawthorne, visit or their Facebook page:

The Jackson County Fair is a not-for-profit with net proceeds going to American Legion Post #30 and VFW Post 6073 and their Auxiliaries.

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