Rides, games, and animals at your local fair

What ride threatens to make you sick at the fair? Is it the Tilt-a-Whirl? Maybe it is the Flying Pirate Ship that may at any moment dump you out of your seat. For me, it is the cute green dragons.

Those dragons seem innocent enough with their pretty colors and smiling faces, but beware! Unknown to me was the fact that they each spin individually, while simultaneously being hurled around in a circle. Really, I can’t think of any carnival ride more torturous for an adult. Of course, my two small children thought it was the best ride they have ever been on. They grabbed the wheel in the middle of the dragon and spun it around and around making us go faster and faster. To survive, I had to look out the door and try and focus on a light or building, anything to keep my dizzy head from getting the best of me.

When the ride was finally over, I stumbled outside and safely away from the grinning dragon. The kids handed the man two more tickets and jumped back on. My lesson…. let the kids ride the spinning dragons. I’m happy to wait by the fence with some kettle corn.

Here are a few fairs with and without dragons.

Harvest Faire in Newport News, VA
October 12-14
Harvest Faire is a modern interpretation of a late 15th-century European fall harvest celebration and tournament.    Entertainers and a market mix with the sounds of good-natured martial competition and the smells of period cooking.     Watch a craftsperson plying their trade, try your hand at games of chance and skill, and cheer for the warrior of your choice at the Field of Honors. Wander through 6 acres of the village on a 22-acre site.

New York Fairs 
July through September
In addition to the New York State Fair, there are dozens of local county fairs across the state.

California Fairs
January through December
You will find large country fairs and small farm fairs all across California. You could spend almost every day enjoying fresh food and riding rides.

More to come…..