This year marks the 137th Western Fair. Woo Hoo! To celebrate, and get more bodies through the gate, the administration made some changes to how the fair is laid out and how some things work. The biggie: Free parking on Fair property. Other changes included moving a stage to one end of the midway so that the live music could be enjoyed by everyone in attendance, not just folks who bought a ticket to see a specific group. This provided people the opportunity to sample music they might not otherwise have taken a chance on.
This year the Fair enjoyed some pretty decent weather, with the rain staying away for a change. At least for the most part. There might have been some sprinkles here and there. The day we went was nice and dry, though.
Lilly enjoyed some of her favourite rides (the Himalaya) and tried some new ones (the Gravitron, or whatever the new name is), with mixed results. Fortunately we waited to eat until *after* the rides. Kudos to her for stepping outside her comfort zone, though!
With my new gear, I was on the lookout for unique angles to take pictures from. After all, after 137 years, a fair has pretty much been done to death in terms of photos. Sure, the rides and the people change, but not a whole lot, and not all at once. (In my thinking, at least)
One of the things that’s always fascinated me about carnival rides, is how close they seem to skirt to danger. Cars passing within inches of each other; wheels spinning at high speeds and various angles; rods and beams and all manner of support material seemingly within reach as you whiz by.
One such contraption kept swinging out over the pedestrian walkway between the rides: rising and falling; swooping and spinning; inches from disaster. Standing under the arc of the arm and pointing my camera almost straight up provided the unique angle I was looking for…and the vertigo I wasn’t.
Reviewing the photos later, I was again struck by a bit of the spinnies, so I guess my own experiential memory was working well. Let’s see how it translates on the screen for you.