Warm nights and shiny lights are set to return to Warrnambool these holidays, with carnival organisers promising a new ride will make this year's summer the best yet.
Part-organiser and family member Kristofer Verfurth said the 'Wild Mouse' rollercoaster would be making just its second appearance at any event nation-wide when it arrives at Lake Pertobe on Boxing Day.
"It's pretty exciting," he said.
"Last year was good even though we had restrictions, but I'm sure this year will be even better.
"The rollercoaster is massive - it's a massive ride for a small town. It's only worked once in Australia before and that was the Royal Sydney Show.
"It worked there but COVID got it to a situation where it couldn't work in New South Wales, so it's coming back and it'll be in Warrnambool."
Now in its 39th year, the Summer Carnival will start on December 26, opening from 6pm-10.30 and running until Australia Day.
Father Emile Verfurth said it was great to be back with eased restrictions.
"We managed to work a smaller carnival last year with restrictions on crowd numbers and all that sort of thing," he said.
"It'll be a double-vaccinated event and we'll still be requiring QR coding. But we're back with a new rollercoaster so we're coming back bigger this year with the easing of restrictions."
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