After a three-year absence from the community calendar, the Mount Prospect Jaycees Memorial Day Carnival is back as the town's unofficial start to summer.
The carnival started at 6 p.m. Thursday night at Mount Prospect Plaza, Central and Rand roads, and runs through Monday. It opens again at 6 p.m. Friday, then 1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
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As it has in past years, the event will feature carnival rides and plenty of food and beverages for sale. Admission is free, but ride tickets cost $1.25 each. Most rides require three to five tickets.
Proceeds from the carnival go back into the community in the form of charitable contributions and funding for future Jaycees events.
The is the first Jaycees Memorial Day carnival since 2010. The group canceled the 2011 event because of construction at the carnival site, and subsequent efforts to hold it didn't pan out.