Parking Lot Carnival

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One late spring afternoon, a carnival came to town and began to set up in the parking lot of a mildly run down shopping center down the road. We waited until evening, and then ventured down to see what awaited us.

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A few rides, and some food stalls stood clustered together in what was usually an empty area of the parking lot. But on this night, the shopping center was more packed than anyone had ever seen. People were walking towards the carnival from all directions, there was no admission and no one really seemed to be in charge.

It was a bizarre scene.  Across the way stood the Taco Bell, a Radio Shack that was going out of business, a Chinese Buffet we had been to a few times but regretted, our favorite Mexican restaurant and a number of strange stores we had never been too. On the other side stood the interstate.

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Beneath the swirling clouds people lined up for the rides, waited for their food, and didn’t appear to think this parking lot carnival was a strange abnormality.

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 I’ll never forget the time that a carnival inexplicably appeared in a shopping center near my house.

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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.

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- Food Everywhere!

Nothing can prepare you for the fried food explosion that hits you in the face as you enter the fair.

I was in fact, so overwhelmed that I didn’t even realize most of this stuff existed until I got home and looked through these photos. Deep fried candy wrapped in bacon?! *Shudder*  That makes my throat want to close up.

We tried the deep fried kool aid a few years ago, they just dump a kool aid packet into funnel cake batter, so it’s really just flavored funnel cake.  But it was good! 

It is so overwhelming to be here in person, that half the time I don’t even know what I’m looking at. Most of our time at the fair is spent wandering around trying to decide what to eat next.

Last year was my first year going to the fair as a vegetarian and I had no idea what I was going to eat. But it turns out they deep fry a bunch of different veggies! Cool!



Steven and I shared this entire elephant ear, which is basically a lump of fried dough. We both agreed we could probably skip getting one next year, it was a little too much!
My mom got some deep fired oreos to share, they were surprisingly really delicious! We also shared some deep fried broccoli and some pierogies. It’s nice to go with a big group of people because you can share a whole bunch of different foods and not feel bloated trying to eat a whole thing by yourself, because the serving sizes are huge…

What are you favorite fair foods?  And do your fairs have as many deep fried things as mine? Or is that just because I live in the south.. I’m curious!!