The Dreamland Carnival opens Thursday evening at the Orange Park Mall in the old Sears parking lot. Admission to the event is free to the public; tickets must be purchased to play games and go on rides.
Clay County residents can attend the carnival from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weeknights, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. The 10-day event ends March 20.
Presale wristbands and tickets are offered at a discount price until 5 p.m.Thursday. The discount includes four wristbands for $60, normally a $140 value.
Dreamland Carnival has added several handwashing stations to the attraction and sanitizer pumps near all ride attractions, their website said. Food vendors will be present in addition to rides and games for guests to experience.
“Generally, we operate events with free admission, but after 5 p.m. we may require a wristband or ticket purchase to enter the premises to allow for some crowd control for paying guests,” the carnival’s website says.
Tickets and wristbands can be purchased in advance here.
Last August, a similar event at the mall was shut down due to gunshots fired across the street near the Chick-fil-A parking lot, First Coast News reported. Clay County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident; no injuries or deaths were reported.
Officers told First Coast News that several additional altercations between juveniles attending the 2021 event had also occurred within the first week.
The Orange Park Mall does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Orange Park Police Department, OPPD Public Information Officer, Sgt. Cody Monroe said. Though, after last year’s incidents, Clay County Sheriff’s Office is expected to boost security for the Dreamland Carnival 2022.