An Album from the Fair, with Thanks for the Lives of Two Daughters.

You can wear out a camera at the fair. Maybe two cameras, if you use one camera for all the “cliché” shots, and the second camera for pictures in which you try to escape from the hackneyed. There’s always something to chew on, at the Fair.

The Annual MV Agricultural Society Fair is many things to many people. Islanders love the August interlude presented by the Fair, when they can see friends they’ve not seen in months, or perhaps years. For some the Fair is simple diversion, a place to eat, a place to have fun. For many, it’s a chance to show off garden produce, their art, or their beloved animals. For still others, the Fair is a place of work, and a chance to make some cash money.

For some, the Fair is a dead-boring place, a place to escape into  a book.

In our last post, we visited with The Operator.

You can see him in the far left of the picture below.

The ride, next door to “The Operator” has LED lights on its understructure. The whole contraption lifts up and is exposed during operation. Below, you can see the hydraulically operateed arm that lifts the rotating superstructure.

Interestingly, the camera can sometimes see what our eyes do not.

The effect of time exposure plus LED lights is both floral and balletic. .

Change the length of your exposure, perhaps add camera motion, and abstract light paintings result.

Over in the “kiddie” area, there are circling plastic ducks to pluck from a pond.

Below is the “salt and pepper shaker” ride. It’s tall, with a long rotating arm. Each end of the arm has a steel cabin. The cabin also rotates as the arm goes around. The sound of this ride is unique, due to its particular arrangement of power transmission. Judging by the screams that emanate from this rig when it’s going aroundandaround, it’s an exciting ride.

Every time I see this ride, it reminds me to be grateful for the lives of two of my daughters.

How can a Fair ride prompt such gratitude?

Over twenty-five years ago, when my daughters were still very small, they persuaded us to let them go on the Salt and Pepper Shaker. While the operator of the ride was putting the girls into one of the cars, someone in the crowd near the control panel whacked the “start” lever, and the ride suddenly started. Our littlest girl fell out immediately, but the arm kept going, and immediately rotated up.

By the time the ride could be stopped, the older daughter was hanging thirty feet up, all alone in a swinging, door-still-open car. After some hurried consultation, she was told to hang on tight, the ride was started up again, and she was slowly brought back down to safety.

That was a Fair we’ll never forget.

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3 responses to “An Album from the Fair, with Thanks for the Lives of Two Daughters.

  1. Scary for anyone.. Makes me wonder if they ever dared to ride again. I remember dodging vomit when someone got sick on the flying chairs one year. Somehow you never think of the fair as being a dangerous place, but freak accidents happen and can traumatize a kid for life.

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