When the carnival is over
FROM tonight the Jetty Foreshores will be looking a little less bright with March's Amusements packing up after more than 40 nights of screams and laughter.
Stan March said this year's carnival, which ran from December 16 to last night, was one of the best and would be hard to top.
"The weather has been very kind to us, with the carnival only having to close once," Stan said.
"This is especially great for Coffs Harbour. One year we had 19 wet nights where we had to close."
He also said making the carnival alcohol-free since 1997 had been successful.
With this year marking the carnival's 14th, the organisers behind the bright lights, fairy floss and world-class rides are thrilled with the local support they continue to receive.
What they didn't expect though was to be publicly recognised for the support they give the community.
During the Australia Day celebrations, Coffs Harbour mayor, Cr Keith Rhoades, presented Stan and Keith March with a Certificate of Appreciation for not only providing entertainment to the region but for raising money for local organisations such as CHYFM and the PCYC.
"We don't look for recognition ? what we do is all part of our job. So we definitely didn't expect it, but are very honoured," Keith said.So will the carnival be back in time for the next summer holidays?
"Absolutely. We love coming to Coffs and will keep coming as long as you will have us."