Proposal submitted for summer carnival at former MB Pavilion site

Plans for new carnival

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - An application has been filed for a carnival on a four-acre portion of the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion.

The carnival would be located on the west side of Ocean Boulevard between Eighth and Ninth Avenues North, near Myrtle Beach Zipline Adventures. It would run from June 9 to Sept. 6, according to the application filed with the City of Myrtle Beach Monday.

Strates Shows, Inc., in Orlando Florida, filed the application, which states the carnival would run from 10 a.m. to midnight.

Some of the attractions listed in a layout plan for the carnival include: "Gravitron," "Orbiter," "Ring of Fire," "Pharaohs Fury," and "Up & Away." Food service will come from self-contained portable trailers, and will include: pizza, Italian sausage, hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy, funnel cakes, Philly steak and cheese, corn dogs, water, soda and soft drinks.

The proposal includes endorsements from several owners of surrounding businesses, saying that it would draw more people to the area, increase business and parking revenues, and provide a family-friendly environment to downtown Myrtle Beach.

John Paul has been working at The Bowery for 14 years and said the carnival would bring in a lot more business to other businesses in the area.

"Anything that will bring people down to the area or down to the ocean front or the boardwalk is a good thing to start with," Paul said.

Paul's said his grandfather used to work the Ferris wheel at the Pavilion when it was running.  He said a more permanent attraction would be better in the long run.

"I think all of us would like to see something permanent there just for the simple fact that there was something permanent there for so long and now its been gone since 2006," Paul said. "I know the economy dictates what happens and what doesn't happen but something more permanent would be better for the area."

The application states that the company does not intend to charge an admission fee, and alcohol will not served.

If approved, the company would begin setting up the carnival on May 27, according to the application.

WMBF News reached out to Burroughs and Chapin, the company that owns the Pavilion property, to see why a more permanent attraction has not been built on the property since the Pavilion was demolished.

A spokesperson for Burroughs and Chapin released an email response that stated:

"Burroughs & Chapin Company, Inc. is hopeful the carnival will add to the vibrancy of the downtown area. While there have been several iterations of plans on the Pavilion property, market conditions will ultimately dictate its use.

The 12-acre site represents a large portion of the downtown area. Burroughs & Chapin is committed to downtown and Myrtle Beach, and so the ultimate use of that land will certainly be one that the entire Myrtle Beach community will be proud of."

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