The Fair is in Town!
Having lived for several decades in Montreal, which at one point had not one but two sizable amusement parks to its credit, I used to take them for granted. It's not quite living next door to Disney World, but you do go through life assuming that anytime you feel like going up on the Ferris wheel, all you have to do is head over to La Ronde.
Of course now we've been living in a small town in the British Columbia Interior for a couple of years, and the closest amusement park is several hours' drive across the border in Idaho. So we've learned to really appreciate it when the fair comes to town!
Our Annual Fair
A small carnival travels from town to town in BC and Alberta every summer, and it generally stops here in our valley sometime in mid-May. The trucks roll into town in the middle of the night, and the carnival workers park them just a little ways down the street from us. So when the rides are all set up and they turn on the midway lights, we can see the fair from our kitchen window. If I stand out on the porch at night, I can hear the music and the excitement of the kids riding on the Zipper or the Drop of Doom.
The kids have one weekend – usually from Thursday evening through Sunday – to stroll the midway and take in the rides. There are also the usual games, though I don't think they're quite as popular here. And unlike some county fairs, there is no livestock showing, nor any competitions for produce or baking, or any tables selling homemade goodies or handicrafts. That's something our town organizes separately, in the fall.
This year makes our third fair, and I've got to admit that although I've gotten used to the routine now I still get a bit of a thrill when the rides come into town. And I don't even ride them anymore! I think I just like the romance of the lights at night, and the fact that my kids get really excited about going.That really makes it special for me.
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