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Lions Club members pushed advance ticket sales. Posters went up at businesses around town. The carnival moved several times over the years. To the Lloyd Noble Center parking lot, to the county fairgrounds, by the Sooner Mall and in front of what is now Sam’s Club.
Like with other carnivals around the country, attendance has dropped. They decided to move back downtown a few years ago on the same weekend as the music festival.
“The Norman Music Festival downtown was the entre for us to go back downtown,” said club member Bill Purcell. “Now, attendance has gone way up. That music festival draws tens of thousands of people who are already in a carnival mood.”