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After a year of change, one community says it's bouncing back

By Susan Bahorich, sbahorich@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jun 26 2013 04:38:11 PM EDT
Updated On: Jun 26 2013 06:21:49 PM EDT

This is the 60th year for the event

BOTETOURT CO., Va. -

It has taken months to plan and prepare, but finally the finishing touches are helping this event come together.

"We've got a few little loose ends, but just a couple things to take care of and it'll be ready to go," says Carnival Chairman Cleatus Newcomb.

No longer is it the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department Carnival, instead it's the Buchanan Community Carnival - a reflection of some behind the scenes changes.

"This is the first year the town has ran the carnival and its been real different - a lot of work and we can appreciate what the firemen in the past have done," says Buchanan Mayor Larry Hall.

Changes came after the fire department's former chief faced criminal charges.

More than 30-year member and former chief John Manspile was asked to come out of retirement and lead the organization.

"Things are going really well now, mainly because the attitudes have changed.I guess when the mayor asked me to come back we changed a lot of rules, it just made things work a lot better," says Chief Manspile.

One of those rules took the carnival out of the volunteers' hands, something the chief says is a good thing.

"With the town taking over the mgmt of the carnival grounds for us it's leaving us a lot more time to actually serve our community now and do what we're supposed to," explains Manspile.

Even though the leadership has changed, the money will still go to help Buchanan's Emergency Services.

Organizers say the community has really rallied around this event.

Last year, the derecho hit and took a toll on the carnival.

Organizers say they barely broke even, they're hoping this year - the weather cooperates.

The carnival kicks off Thursday, June 27th and runs through July 6th.