|Whats the matter, Aunt Sha|
I remember only a couple of small carnivals set up in Harbor Beach, with most of the "carnival" action taking place at the Huron County Fair at the fairgrounds in Bad Axe. Fair Week is always the first week in August and is a big event for the whole county. 4H involves raising farm animals, showing them at the fair and then selling them. There are also 4H exhibits of craft projects, sewing, cooking and equestrian exhibits and shows. There is a substantial midway of rides and quite an assortment of carnival food...corn dogs, elephant ears, caramel corn, lemonade and snowcones, cotton candy and of course, Gibby's fries! Attending the county fair was something that I tried to do once the boys were a little older. We'd do a little budgeting so that we'd have money to go on "one price" day. After paying $3-5 for parking the van full of boys...for $6-8 each, a wristband was worn and you could ride and ride and ride. The boys would run from one ride to the next, over and over. Occasionally, Mom would have to ride with them on one of the bigger rides. If there was money left for a treat, they was extra...but everyone went home tired and happy. Not being a "lifer" or part of the farming community, the fair was a new experience...but only for a few hours. The locals sometimes camp in their RV's or campers to be close to the animals and give them the attention needed. They would spend the whole week at the fair.
Pretty soon, Brad, Greg, Derek and Kevin (Brad's friend and our 4th son) and Jason (Derek's best buddy and our 5th son) would all beg for a trip to Cedar Point each summer. We would get up at 4, leave by 4:30am and pull into the parking lot at Sandusky, Ohio just before the park opened at 10pm. Kevin's mom, Marge, went a couple of times and she and I would see multiple shows in the air conditioned buildings while the boys stood in line and waited for the next adventurous ride. We'd have a time to gather and make sure everyone was doing fine and then they'd run to the ride. Marge and I would go to the next show. We might see 6 shows during the time we were there. The boys might ride the summer's "latest and greatest" 6, 8 or 10 times. Occasionally, they would beg Mom to ride something. When the boys were younger, I would ride right along with them. My undoing....the last time I rode with them at Cedar Point...was the Iron Dragon. It's a coaster ride that you have an individual seat and it is suspended from the top. You kind of hang in the air and fly around the track. For some reason, I got off that with my neck, shoulders and back totally out of whack...and that was my last coaster ride at Cedar Point.
|Aunt Sue, Madison and even Aunt Sharon enjoying the great view!|
|Ashley and Greg on Ferris Wheel at Niagara Falls, April 2010|