The Night Fair


The magic of the fair really emerges at night.
 As the sun goes down, and the lights comes on, it’s like whole different magical world.



The rainbow lights illuminate the black sky. 
There is so much to look at, I can’t look away. And when I get home and go to bed, I can still see the flashing lights when I close my eyes.


The rides spin in a blur of lights, as more and more people pour into the line, hoping to catch just last more ride. I am happy to avoid that nonsense, and just stand to the side in the shadows, snapping away.


I just wander through the huge crowds, in my own little world. 
Seeking out empty spaces, and quickly snap a picture before it once again becomes engulfed by the sea of people.


(Wait…Fried bubble gum????!!! Gross!!)




I love the energetic atmosphere of the fair at night. 

Despite being quite antisocial, enormous crowds have never bothered me. I don’t mind weaving around the lines, and dodging people; it’s all part of the fun!
 (As long as I don’t have to talk to anybody!!)
I like to stand back and watch the hurried, frantic crowds, staying isolated from the madness.
However,  I can’t imagine how incredible it would be  to wander around an empty fair..

That’s one of my life dreams.

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A Day at the Fair

The fair is what first got me interested in photography, so many years ago.

All the magical bright colors, the flashing lights, the exciting atmosphere.. I just wanted to capture it all.  


It’s still my favorite place to take photos of. 
Even though they have the same rides every year, and I probably end up taking the same photos over and over again, it still never feels old when I look through them afterward.

This year was extra fun because we bought ride passes, which is something we hadn’t done in many years. My sister and my husband aren’t fazed by rides and rode all the scary ones, meanwhile my best friend and I freak out and scream our heads off on even the gentlest rides. But it was all fun!




The Zipper is the scariest ride in the park, and my husband and sister rode it! I couldn’t believe it. But it is one of my favorite ones to photograph.


I love it when the fair comes to town!

Ferris Wheel Fireworks

These photos are from back when we went to the fair in October and I never got around to posting them.

After hanging out at the fair all day, eating all kinds of crazy foods, riding a couple rides, and looking at the animals, we like to come back and watch the fireworks at the end of the night.

We usually grab a bag of kettle corn and then pick our seats in the grandstand to wait for the fireworks to start. In this case we also stocked up on some low price doughnuts they were trying to give away before the night was over. A carb coma soon followed!



The finale is my favorite!

Watching the fireworks is an exciting end to a fun day spent at the fair.

Fair Food

I almost forgot about all the food photos I took during our trip to the fair back in October!

The main attraction at the fair, besides the rides, is definitely all the crazy food. 

There are rows and rows of food stands, with their bright, colorful signs advertising all kinds of deep fried craziness. It’s hard to know where to look! And even harder to choose what to get!



My favorite are the stalls selling candy apples and cotton candy. They’re just so cute!

















So what did we choose to eat??

The first food of the day was pierogies for me, and chicken on a stick for Steven. I had these pierogies last year and had been thinking about them ever since, they’re so good!

Next up was a slice of spinach pizza for me, and a famous fair corn dog for Steven. I’m not sure what made me choose pizza out of all things, but I think it was the spinach that was calling me. A little bit of healthiness during an unhealthy day.


And then… There were these… Magnificent doughnuts!!! 

They were the best doughnuts we ever tasted. They also had amazing pretzels. We got really lucky because as we stood in line for the second time when we came back at night, they were giving away the broken ones. We didn’t turn down that opportunity and proceeded to stuff ourselves with soft, sugary warm doughnut. x_x 
What is your favorite fair food?

Carousel in the Night

To me, carousels at night have always had a creepy and mysterious feeling about them. Like they are holding some sort of hidden secret beneath their magical, bright, candy colored lights.


As the eerie music begins to play,  the ride spins and spins, creating a dizzying blur of lights. 

The ornately decorated horses slowly rise up and down as their never ending gaze looks onward, with an air of mystery.



Carousels fit in perfectly with that eerie carnival feeling.

The Fair Came to Town

It’s that magical time of year again, when the fair comes to town..

I love everything about it. The bright colors, the wild food, the crazy atmosphere. 

I just like to wander around, and try to capture the the fun and excitement in my photos. I could spend an entire day and night here, just taking photos! 

My favorite thing to photograph is the big ferris wheel. And guess what…

It has a baby now!! 

I thought it was so cute that there was a tiny ferris wheel which was almost an except replica to the big one.


When I was younger my friends and I would ride all the rides, all day long, but now they make me nauseous. This one always scared me. I thought I was going to go flying off into the air every time I rode it.

Now the only thing I ride is the ferris wheel, but it scares me too. It goes waay faster than you’d think! Or at least it feel fast to me. But I like seeing the view from the top, when I stop screaming long enough to pay attention.

Since I don’t ride rides anymore, the main event is the food! But that’s a whole other post 🙂

(I kind of wanted a cotton candy colored gorilla!)





Is there a fair that comes to your town? What is your favorite part?

The Fair- Fireworks Show

Every night at the fair they do a spectacular fireworks show. I hadn’t seen it in years so I definitely wanted to make sure and see it this year. We grabbed a bag of yummy kettle corn and sat in the grandstand to watch the show. I took about 200 pictures and it was really hard to narrow them down, but these ended up being my favorites. Enjoy!



Wormhole!!!

For the finale they set off a whole bunch at once!

Which photo was your favorite?

The Fair

My absolute favorite thing to photograph, and what got me interested in photography in the first place is..

The fair!!

All the bright colors, lights and atmosphere are a feast to my eyes and I just want to capture every bit of it with my camera.  I remember being dazzled by carnival ride photos I saw on flickr years and years ago and I wanted so badly to take the same kind of pictures at my local fair. Sadly all I had was my 1.2 megapixel phone camera and when I uploaded them to flickr they just didn’t compare. I think that was about five or six years ago and I have taken pictures every year since. This year I used my DSLR on manual and I’m pretty excited about how far I’ve come!

Armed with two  cameras and a backpack of lenses, I was ready!

Steven and I rode with my mom and sister and then met up with some friends.

I can’t get enough of this ferris wheel. Every year the cars are painted slightly differently, one year it was just pink and yellow, one year it was all blue (boring!!) I think these colors are my favorite so far.

When my friends and I were younger we would get to the fair as soon as it opened, buy an all you can ride pass and would stay there all day riding rides until the firework show at night, which was about 12 hours! Now we usually just go for a few hours in the afternoon, ride one or two things, EAT, and get out of there before the huge crowds come at night.


Every year we at least go on the ferris wheel. It scares me a little but the view is amazing!

Something strange happened and we ended up with more ride tickets than we expected, so me and my friend Alex rode a few more things, including this ride, which is my favorite!





I went in there once, it was just pictures of weird things. Disappointing! But I don’t know what else I expected for one dollar..


This ferris wheel is scarier than it looks. It goes really fast, sounds like it’s about to fall apart and goes around so many times that you think you’re never going to get off. Alex and I rode it once and nearly peed our pants we were so scared. (But we’re kinda wimps anyway when it comes to rides!)

Although I would ride that creepy ferris wheel a million times before I’d get on this thing. Yikes!


 This is the prettiest ride in my opinion, I even put a picture of it on my etsy shop business card!




I took 661 photos that day.. So stay turned for a couple more posts 😉

Does your town have a local fair every year? And what are your favorite things to do at the fair?