Take me to the Carnival

The day trip that my kids and I most look forward to is the carnival. They wait for this event all summer. I have to admit that I do too. When I was little we didn’t go to the carnival or the fair. I could hear music from the concerts at Great River Days when I was at my grandma’s and there were times where I Sat on her front lawn listening to the music. In high school my best friend’s parents purchased an extra Fun Card pass to the Mississippi Valley Fair and asked me to go along with them. I spent that week at the fair and fell in love with carnivals and fairs. The music, the games, the rides, the food, and the people. It was such an interesting place. We watched a guy take a log and with only a chainsaw turn it into a soaring eagle! We saw Little Texas, Sawyer Brown, Trisha Yearwood, and others in concert.

Back to present day. I don’t take my kids to the big fair. We go to the smaller ones. My middle child doesn’t do to well in large, noisy crowds so I try to make sure that we can have fun without him getting sick.

We start our day out by picking up Frank, an older friend who does not get around much anymore. I think he looks forward to going just as much as the kids do. He has used his walker in the past but now he has to use his wheel chair. Quinlan chooses to stay with Frank because he doesn’t care for the rides. He pushes him around in the wheelchair while Jessica runs off to ride as many rides as she possibly can.

Wyatt pulls me toward the rides for the younger kids. The flying saucers are one of his favorites.

We all meet back up at the midway to play games and grab drinks before we head down to the Ping Pong Drop. Kids who have registered wait patiently while a guy with a bucket of ping pong balls gets into a cherry picker and rises up into the air. He then drops all the balls, the kids scramble to find one, then take it over to the prize table. The number on the ball decides the prize. I have seen kids walk away with bikes and televisions. We usually get some sort of outdoor activity. My kids have brought home soccer balls, basketballs, ring toss games, and golf games.

Then it is off to the weenie dog races. The kids like to see all the dogs and it is a fun way to relax after a day of walking. After the races we head back to the midway to get Elephant Ears for a friend who never makes it to the carnival and maybe a few more games.

After taking Frank home the kids immediately start talking about what they are going to do next year.

Do you have any annual day trips that you take?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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9 Responses to Take me to the Carnival

  1. jeff7salter says:

    Get interrupted?

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  2. I think maybe her cut and paste didn’t paste.


  3. I somehow managed to type my text in the HTML field instead if the visual field. It has been one of those days.


    Thank you Jeff for getting a hold of me on Facebook to let me know

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  4. jeff7salter says:

    that ping pong drop sounds awesome. I can visualize kids scrambling all over to grab those things

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  5. I used to have fun at fairs.My sister still loves the rides, so when I was younger, she used to be able to get away and use me and her friend’s brother as an excuse to go.I loved the rides, too, until I git ill once from bad dinner…never liked them again! But I went with my nieces and my sons to county fairs a lot.We always had fun.

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  6. Joselyn says:

    The ping pong drop does sound fun. It’s great that you can take Frank along. There will be some special memories there.


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