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April 20, 2011

Cullman County Fair by Kayla Hays


The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Kayla Hays

Fairview High School



Cullman County Fair

As a child I always dreamed of one day going to the County Fair. Year after year the fair would come, but I was to small to go. Until one day I was able to go for the first time, and then I went every year. It was always the same rides year after year, but it never seemed to get old. The scary rides, the loud music, and the screaming children would excite me. I can remember steeping onto my first ride, winning my first goldfish, and always buying cotton candy, and a candied apple. It would come for only a few days and then I had to wait another year for it to come back to town. It was always my favorite time of the year.

My stomach turned upside down the first timed I stepped on a ride. I do not remember the name of it, but it was scary at first. My heart was pounding so fast, I thought it was going to pop out of my chest. I could feel butterflies in my stomach, and  did not like that. In my mind I knew it was going to be fine, but I was still scared. Sitting there I could hear the loud music and I knew it was time for take off. All of a sudden I was screaming and holding on for dear life. Everyone was screaming, laughing and having fun, and so was I. My first ride was exciting and fun, and it made me want to ride every ride there.

Year after year I played to win a goldfish, but I never could. For some reason my ball would not hit in the glass of water. It would always land on the ground, until I made that lucky shot. Finally I had hit the glass and won a goldfish. I was smiling from ear to ear. I decided to name my first fish Fairis. We bought him his own fish tank to swim in, and even decorated it. He was swimming around, and doing well, until I woke up the next morning and he was floating on top of the water. My first goldfish had died over night. I was upset and cried, but mom told me I could always buy another one.

When it was time to leave the fair, I was sad, but knew my mom would  buy me a bag of cotton candy, and a candied apple. The pink cotton candy was always was my favorite, and I would eat all of it in one night, even though mom told me not to. It would melt in my mouth, and it reminded me of a fluffy cloud.  The candied apple was hard to eat, it was sticky and messy, but very tasty. By the time we got home I was one sticky child. Mom would always get mad, but I knew she would get over it.

The fair was something I always looked forward to, because it came only once a year. I hated waiting for it, but it was worth it in the end. I had a lot of memories there, such as riding my first ride, winning my first goldfish, and cotton candy melting in my mouth. I loved the excitement the fair brought to me, and how it made me feel good, because I could ride all the rides there. The Cullman County Fair was something I looked forward to every year.