St. Joseph's carnival will light up Del. Route 299 next week with the bright lights of rides and games. And, it that doesn't lure people in, the smell of homemade food will.

1 You can show your wallet who’s boss

As usual, admission and parking is free at St. Joseph’s annual summer carnival. Even the rides and games are somewhat economical for families that can schedule their fun for particular nights. On Tuesday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 16, $20 gets a person an all-access pass for the rides. Even more economical is the Mega Pass. Pay $40 up front and  ride every ride every night.

2. You should stay away from the bathroom scale

St. Joseph’s outdoes itself with food. For $14 to $16, Tuesday through Friday, dinner is served nightly in the air-conditioned church hall. Over the course of the week, patrons will have their choice of 14 entrees and 18 side dishes, all cooked to perfection by local church members. And, that doesn’t include the kid-friendly options or the adult-only bar.

Outside, kids and grown-ups can run amok through a smorgasbord of traditional carnival food (fried candy bars and cookies) and non-traditional fare like crab cake sandwiches, peel-and-eat shrimp and Filasky’s corn-on-the-cob.

3. Music will soothe your soul

Carnival organizers don’t expect everyone to eat their dinners with only the whir of rides as ambiance. Each night, a different band or musician will play so revisit an old favorite or find a new one with Tony Mowen, Runaway Train, The Vigilantes, No Hat Billy or Dysrhythmics.