One thing jumped out at me as I walked around the Fair on my first day -- or rather didn't jump out at me. The empty spaces. It seemed like there are a few more empty spaces this year.
There was a gap in the "kiddyland" area near the Commercial building that as I remember held a kid's bus ride last year (or was it a fire truck?) The main midway seemed to have fewer food booths toward its far side away from the main gate. The old midway was definitely missing a little something at its end toward the petting zoo (though I don't remember seeing that "old mine" themed scary ride before either.)
Most of the rides were open and ready to go Friday but a couple weren't. As you can see from the pictures, the Ferris Wheel on the "old midway" had a plenty of empty spaces of its own -- no seats!
Do these little gaps here and there mean there's no fun at the Fair? Good grief, no. The fairgrounds is 344 acres. A missing ride here and a missing food booth there are not going to subtract much for the literally hundreds of other games, rides, and food choices available. In fact, it makes the old midway a little easier to walk through as there isn't so much crammed down at the end.
Note to self: go back and check on the "Governor's Census Prom"...
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