Fans of the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival will find a few changes and some new events this year.
The biggest change will be the addition of two new events – How Books Are Made on August 8; and the Unity Walk Alliance on August 14.
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After:A native of the Alliance will speak at the Carnation Festival luncheon
The first, a talk in Silver Park presented by Alliance native Samantha Swank, will detail her work for publisher Scholastic. Swank is an editor who works with the Licensing, Media and Trademark team. The 2013 Hofstra University graduate is due to speak at 6:30 p.m. in Silver Park, ahead of the Movie on the Silver Screen event, which takes place at dusk.
This year’s movie in the park will be “Encanto,” an animated Disney tale about a family living in Colombia. The film won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in March 2022.
The Alliance Unity Walk kicks off at 1 p.m. on August 14 at the YWCA of Alliance, 239 E. Market St. The event is the second annual, but it’s the first that it falls under the Carnation Festival. The event is sponsored by Union Avenue United Methodist Church. For more information, contact the YWCA at 330-823-1840 or [email protected]
The change will also happen for the little ones. The Princess Tea Party became an open house type event called “A Royal Afternoon at the Castle”. Held from 3-5pm, festival officials say children can attend the event at Glamorgan Castle anytime from 3-5pm. They’ll take pictures with the reigning Carnation Queen and her court, and can make their own crown and pick up a coloring sheet. .
Reservations are not required for the event, which will cost $10 per princess. Young girls can wear princess or evening dresses and present themselves at any time during the event.
Don’t miss your chance to get tickets to ‘Hamlet’, this year’s Shakespeare at the Castle play. They are for sale on carnationfestival.com. This is the eighth year of production. No shows took place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
General admission pre-sale adult and student tickets are sold out for the August 4 opening night performance. Tickets were available on the site Monday afternoon for all other ticket categories and show dates.
The show will take place from August 4-7 in front of Glamorgan Castle. Those purchasing general admission tickets will find a suggestion for bringing chairs to the show.
The grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for performances each day and pre-show entertainment will begin at 6:15 p.m. each evening. Shows begin at 7 p.m. each evening.
Advance general admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets for the day of the show are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Grandstand seats are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
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Other key festival events this year are the Carnation Queen Pageant, July 30; Carnation Food Fest, Aug. 4-6; Days in the Park, August 10-13; and the Grand Parade on August 13.
For more information on this year’s Grand Alliance Carnation Festival, visit carnationfestival.com.