This has to be my favorite time of year when the Mighty Thomas Carnival, Missouri River Festival takes over the south Bismarck Civic Center parking lot for 5 days to bring our town a lot of happiness.

Check out what's new this year:

Surf's Up- a giant surfboard all your friends and family can ride together.

Monster Trucks- new children's ride.

Frog Hopper- children hop inside a green plastic frog and the fun and bouncing begins.

Your favorites the Zipper, Pharoah's Fury, Tornado, Super Shot,Bumper Cars, Cobra Coaster and more will be waiting for you all weekend long.

What would the Mighty Thomas Carnival be without awesome carnival food so bring money for funnel cakes,french fries, candy apples, sno cones, hot dogs and more.Don't forget to bring money for the games and prize winning to.

Here are all the Mighty Thomas Carnival specials happening this weekend:

Friday May 31st- Gates open 4pm-11:30pm Buddy Night 2 for 1 unlimited ride wristbands

Saturday June 1st- Gates open 12pm- 11:30pm Bring the Bismarck Tribune coupon to the carnival to save $3 off unlimited ride wristbands

Sunday June 2nd- Gates open 1pm- 10pm Family Fun Day bring a canned food good for free gate admission.

*NEW DAY THIS YEAR Monday June 3rd - Gates open 1pm-9pm.