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Buchanan Carnival Marks One Year Since Derecho

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The Buchanan Carnival is preparing to open up for its 60th anniversary.

This year the carnival is expecting a very big turnaround, after last year's derecho caused some problems for the fair. The carnival, which normally brings in about $60,000, made only about $18,000 during last year's celebration.

"At the time everyone was without power," says carnival spokesman Cleatus Newcomb. "Most people were at home waiting to see if they would get power back."

As some of the final touches are being put on rides at the carnival, leaders are taking some extra precautions when it comes to the weather this year.

"We've got people that are going to monitor the weather for us, if there is any danger at all we are going to make an announcement," Newcomb says.

They hope some of these extra steps will help bring larger crowds back to the carnival, and keep them safe while they're there.