Kids from all over the county romped across the fairgrounds today at the annual Lions Club Fair Day. Schools were not in session today as the annual parade and fairgrounds took the spotlight in an Edmonson County tradition. The fair has been under some scrutiny over the past couple years with complaints about the carnival rides. Some said they weren't big enough, others said they simply weren't entertaining anymore.
South Edmonson fourth graders Alyssa Doyle and Claire Burklow, both 9, said they both enjoyed this year's carnival much better than last year. They both felt all of the rides were much better. "My favorite ride was the Quasar," Claire said. "It went so fast you couldn't even raise your hands up!" she said with a huge grin. Alyssa agreed and said she also enjoyed The Sizzler, a very popular ride. "They were really fun. Last year, they had mostly baby rides, and I was too big for them," she said.
Some fair-goers, however, were not very happy. "They need to have rides for all ages, not just for bigger kids," one mother said. "What about babies that are one or two years old? They can't ride anything there. We'll never be back," she continued. The Lions Club felt that overall, there was more of a choice this year than ever before, and that was their main goal. "We know we can't please everybody, but we did our best to bring the kind of rides that the majority of folks asked for," said Fair Board Chairman Mike Blanton.
Alyssa and Claire said that the carnival employees were much nicer compared to previous carnivals. "Last year some of them were sort of creepy...and one guy smelled really bad," Alyssa said. When Claire was asked if she agreed, she replied, "I didn't smell of any of them...I just rode the rides."