September 8, 2012
Exactly what it says. I had some leftover shots, and I couldn’t let them rot on my hard drive. Above are the bumper cars.
And then we have the Rockin’ Tug…
…which unfortunately broke. The operator had to physically push it back into place, let all the passengers out, and give them their tickets back. The ride was fixed 10 minutes later.
And then there’s the Wipeout…
And then we’ve got an overall summary of the festival.
Totally done with this carnival business, I swear! ’til next time.
September 7, 2012
The rides at the Scotch Plains Italian Festival, which were provided by Majestic Midways, mostly featured small fiberglass sculpted cars— bees, and dune buggies, and puppies, and teacups, and so forth. This one— “Up, Up, and Away”— was the only one of these sculpted-fiberglass rides that ALSO included lights that looked cool at night. (Most of the fiberglass rides don’t offer many lights.) So of course, I took a picture. I coulda done without the fence in the way, but so it goes. NEXT TIME.
September 6, 2012
More Scotch Plains Italian Festival.
Man, if they’d had crazy sea dragons on carousels when I was a kid, maybe I’d’ve been more excited to ride them. It seems like hardly any carousels are horses-only these days! Have you noticed that?
September 5, 2012
I couldn’t do anything about the moiré patterns, but if you click the image, you can see a larger version of the photo that is hopefully a little bit cleaner.
Anyway. This is the Sky Diver!
It’s like a Ferris Wheel on acid. The capsules, which are anchored to the wheel by axles at the front and back, flip over and around as the wheel turns. Whee!
September 4, 2012
I wouldn’t exactly call them a “marching band,” since they weren’t exactly marching, but this mobile band wandered around the Scotch Plains Italian Festival, playing Italian tunes like the Tarantella.
Sure, there was a rock band on the main stage, and I guess guitars and drum kits are nice and all, but I’m a sucker for wind instruments. Aren’t you?
September 3, 2012
While at the Scotch Plains Italian Festival, I was really tempted to ride the Ring of Fire. It’s the closest thing to a roller coaster that these traveling carnivals offer, and it looks terrifying and amazing. I’m not even a roller-coaster-person.
On the subjects of “rings of fire,” here’s a link to the Johnny Cash song, ‘cos I know you were thinkin’ about it.
September 2, 2012
The Italian Festival in Scotch Plains is this weekend!
It’s sponsored by St. Bartholomew’s and UNICO (an Italian-American service organization; the word means “unique” in Italian, and the acronym stands for Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity, and Opportunity).
…is it weird that all our local carnivals seem to be hosted by Catholic organizations? I’d never noticed before, but so far this year I’ve been to the Our Lady of Peace Fair, and the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and now this one by St. Bartholomew’s Parish. Is this a trend in your area?