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American Legion Fair cancelled

Star Staff Reports

The American Legion Fair scheduled to open at Millington’s USA Stadium on Thursday, May 21, is cancelled.

Fair organizers said they cancelled it because they could not be certain the carnival company would arrive to provide the rides.

Lee Buchschacher, president and fair chairman, said Crescent City Amusements of Slidell, La., has remained out of contact after the original booking in March and confirmation in April. Normally, there would be open communication at least several days before the event to coordinate arrangements.

He said calls, texts, emails, and letters via the U.S. Postal Service did not elicit a response. Neither did an in-person visit. He reached one of the owners Sunday night but has not been able to get confirmation the company would arrive.

Late Tuesday night, the American Legion Fair Committee agreed to cancel the event.

They discussed alternate plans but decided it would be a letdown after advertising a fair with big rides, Buchschacher said. “There’s one thing we won’t do — give you something less than what we promised.”

He is skeptical about being able to find a reliable carnival company for future fairs and noted that it is a charitable event.fair-cancelled

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