It’s that time again for our yearly Clark County Fair trip!
We always hit up the first day (Friday, August 4th) since it’s free with the coupon from Fred Meyers. But, it ended up being a scorcher this year, so we were only able to last until about 10am-2pm.
There are some new changes and things we don’t exactly like about the Clark County fair, but what can we do about it other than not go? It’s still fun, but getting too expensive for families who can’t afford the luxury of a day at the fair with numerous kids.
Changes at the Clark County Fair that I’ve noticed:
- Ride bracelets have gone up to $35 from $30 last year. (will it be $40 next year? I sure hope not!)
- Ride bracelets now require stamps and a barcode. This is so the carnies can scan your bracelet to make sure it’s legit. (all this seemed to do was cause big, slow lines in 100-degree heat; RIDICULOUS!)
- Games require a card from a machine now. I assume this was put in place so the carnies have no way of coming into contact with money and stealing it. This is fine, but the bracelet scanning thing is annoying. At the end of the night when we went back to the fair around 7 pm, my daughter’s bracelet stopped working. They should not stop until the rides quit!!
Everything else seems to be about normal…
My daughter actually surprised me with the kiddie rides though. I assumed the bracelet would be a waste of money because she has been scared of the moving ride on toys at the mall; but since an adult was with her most of the time, she was good. She even went on the caterpillar roller coaster and swings too!
That’s another thing… parents have to pay to ride on the kiddie rides. If my kid is required to ride with an adult for her height, then parents should NOT have to pay. That’s just my stance on it.
Surprisingly, my daughter wouldn’t ride on the ponies even though she loved it last year. Maybe she’s realized it’s a real-life, moving creature. LOL
My niece rode on one since she wasn’t able to last year because she was too little. As you can see, she loved it!
I imagine it will still be our yearly tradition since I’ve gone every year since I was a kid. I just hope the prices don’t keep on increasing… because eventually people are not going to be able to afford it and will stop going altogether.