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Swing Ride Goes On The Fritz, Injures 18 People At Connecticut Festival

A swing ride at Connecticut festival lost power yesterday, sending riders falling to the ground and injuring 18 people, mostly children. Officials say 12 kids and one adult were sent to hospitals, with fiver others deciding at the scene not to seek medical treatment. [More]

Man Who Lost $2600 In Carnival Game Claims He’s Not As Stupid As You Think He Is

Man Who Lost $2600 In Carnival Game Claims He’s Not As Stupid As You Think He Is

The man who invested $2600 in winning an Xbox Kinect at a New Hampshire carnival is not as stupid as you think he is, okay? In a recent interview, he elaborated on the news reports on him, explaining that the nefarious carny who took his money had assured him that he would receive all of his money back in exchange for attracting a huge crowd around the game. It was only after he returned to the booth and only got $600 back that he realized something was wrong. [More]

Man Learns That Carnival Games Are Not A Sound Investment, Loses Life Savings

Man Learns That Carnival Games Are Not A Sound Investment, Loses Life Savings

Sure, sometimes it might feel like you’re playing a rigged carnival game when you open up your 401(k) statement, but that’s not really the case. Just about any investment is a wise one, though, compared to what a New Hampshire man did with his life’s savings. After spending $300 trying to win an Xbox Kinect at a fair, he did the fiscally prudent thing: he stopped playing and went home. How nice would it be if this story just stopped there? [More]

http://consumerist.com/2008/10/06/mykl-roventine-has-an-amazing/

Mykl Roventine has an amazing set of photos of last year’s Minnesota State Fair over at Flickr. It’s a confetti-colored slice of Americana, and a great collection of both fair food and the signage that advertises it. Cheer yourself up. [MN State Fair at Flickr]