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Monday, April 30, 2012

THE SPARKLEBERRY FAIR
FROM: HAL GUYON



Hi Guys,
   Kathy & I took the grands to The Sparkleberry Country Fair here in Columbia yesterday, had a great time and the weather was perfect. This fair is really more like the old county type fairs I remember as a kid, with collections of antique cars, tractors, and agricultureal equiptment & demonstrations.



There were 2 large petting zoo`s with camels, giraffe, buffalos, llamas, and every kind of farm animal you could think of. There were two stages with different shows every half hour, skydivers, and displays from local fire & police depts. They had about 50-60 craft & display booths and probably 30 or more local food venders. 

 The Amusements of America Carnival played the fair again this year with, I think I counted right, 22 rides and a good number of games and food joints. Rides included, Giant Wheel, Fireball, Music Express, Bumper Boats, Tornado, Bump Cars, Mardi Gras Glass House, Dark ride, Tilt a Whirl, Bonzi, Swings, Rocking Tug, Fun House, Gravitron, 4 Kiddie Umbrella Rides, Bumble Bee`s, Flying Elephants, Merry Go Round, Frog Hopper, & Bungee Jump. 


Amusements of America winters in Florence, SC and everything looked really good and freshly painted. I saw 2 generator trucks operating and a 3rd not running, a good number of bunk houses and 2 office semis. 


 
 
 




 Tickets were $1.00 each or 24 for $20.00, the carnival will be open all this week with POP hand stamp nights on weeknights. This fair is one of the highlights of spring here in Columbia and it gets bigger & better every year, any of you close by should try to make it next year. Attached are a few of the 50+ pictures I took.

                                                      Hal Guyon 
 
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