Elliott's Amusements Carnival visits Jackson, brings friends and families
Sara Winkler | MLive.com Jan Gay of Hillsdale, left, rides the ferris wheel with her great-granddaughter Gracie Yager, 3, Wednesday evening at Elliott's Amusements Carnival in the parking lot of Westwood Mall. Gay said they passed the carnival on their way to visit Gracie's grandmother who lives in Jackson. "We went to see grandma and I promised her we would come," Gay said. "She is really happy about it." Elliott's Amusements Carnival is a family-owned company who is making it's first visit to Jackson and will be open at the Westwood Mall until Sunday.
By Sara Winkler
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Grab an elephant ear, take a ride on the ferris wheel and win some prizes because the carnival is in town.
Elliott's Amusements Carnival, to be exact, a family-owned carnival from Mason who set up shop in the Westwood Mall parking lot on W. Michigan Ave last Thursday.
Jan Gay of Hillsdale said the carnival was a pleasant surprise she and her great-granddaughter Gracie Yager, 3, noticed while driving into Jackson to visit Yager's grandmother.
"We come to Jackson quite a bit," Gay said. "We went to see grandma and I promised her (Gracie) we would come. She's really happy about it."
Nick Elliott, 25 of Mason, said the family business is making their first visit to Jackson. The carnival travels city-to-city within the state of Michigan.
According to Elliott, the business was started many years ago by his grandfather. After giving it a run, he took a long break, but the carnival was reignited with the help of Nick's father and other family members and re-launched using the Elliott's name in 2000.
Currently, Elliott, his grandfather, father, mother, uncle and fiance all play parts within this business. With a baby on its way, he had no hesitation when deciding if he wanted to keep the carnival in the family.
"Oh yeah," Elliott said of teaching his future child about the carnival. "It's been through generations."
Elliott's Amusements Carnival will be open from 4 p.m until 10 p.m. each night through Sunday in the Westwood Mall parking lot, 1850 W. Michigan Ave