Monday, January 31, 2005

The Carnival Of Life

Sometimes I'm the clown in the carnival of life

sometimes I'm the target for the man who throws the knife

sometimes I walk the highwire and make the lions roar

sometimes I steal the whole show

sometimes I sweep the floor      Mike Barra         



     On Saturday night I went to the South Florida State Fair with my friends Aubrey and Cynthia, nothing like a night of great shows, fair food, live stock, rides and games to make you feel like a kid again.

     Great shows? you bet cha! We didn't get to see them all but the ones we did see were definitely top rate. The Weldes Big Bear Show was cool, the Kodiak Bears were so human like and right in que.

     We found the biggest laughs of the evening at the Sonny's Racing Pigs Show ... oinking and squealing their way across the finish line. I won't even try to explain how funny it was, you really had to be there for that one!

     My favorite show was the "That's Entertainment Ice Skating Show". Many of the skaters were Olympic medal winners and the performance was absolutely top rate.

     The costumes were gorgeous and they performed to some of our all time favorite movie songs. This show alone was worth the trip out there. Yep ... no doubt my favorite show!

     We kept the fabulouso fair food to a minimum because we were so looking forward to the rides but ...

 I've just gotta show you this one picture of Cynthia and her Brontosaurs Leg! I've never seen this at a fair before ... maybe because I don't eat meat and never looked. lol

  Sort of Flintstone like!

    There was lots of blue ribbon winning live stock there and gotta love the owl from Bushes Wildlife Sanctuary oh ...  can't forget about the Little Lama Loves at the petting zoo, how cute were they? 



     No doubt the highlight of the night was the rides ... good thing we saved them for last! Cynthia and I went on lot's of rides... I know that Aubrey was glad that I was there, it got him off the hook.


  The Starship is the one that finally did us in. Hey ... we're not exactly teenagers anymore and there is only so much flying and spinning and dropping two girls can take in one night. Geeze ... I remember the days when I wanted to ride all night and then go back the next day and do it all over again. 

    Oh yea ... the lyrics up top are part of a song that my friend Mike Barra wrote 25 or so years ago. I sing this song in my mind every time I go to a carnival, a circus or a fair. I love his songs and can only imagine what he writes about all of these years later if this is what he was thinking when we were kids.

                                       *** Coy ***


jeanno43 said...

Lovely entry.  This sounds like sort of night, wish I could have shared it with you.  All the things I like (except the rides). I adore owls and loved the picture you posted. I enjoyed this so much, thank you. xxxxxx

geminiwilder said...

wow!  these photos make me wish i was 17 again.  and that it wasn't 29 degrees outside!!!  gotta wait at least 6 more months for our fairs to come here! :)  glad you had a blast!  Fun!!!

sanforized6 said...

Geez, now I can't wait for some kind of fair to come around, Sounds like it was a real delight. That"thing" she was eating, was it "cooked" at all? Like your friends lyrics, does he still sing, did he record? Just curious, yellow. rich

astaryth said...

This reminds me of how much I am looking forward to the State Fair.. It starts Feb 10, and then in March, we get the Strawberry Festival Mmmmmmmm!

cneinhorn said...

How fun! Reminds me of the boardwalk looking forward to warm weather and carnival rides photos Coy!  :-)


wildjoker669 said...


cya stacey

indigosunmoon said...

What fun!!!  I love those funnel cakes!  

ryanagi said...

How fun! I love carnivals. We went to three different ones around July 4th. LOL

maf74dance said...

Hi there!

Thank you for leaving the nice comments in my journals.  Your journal is really great!  I'm so glad I stopped by.  I'm feeling a little under the weather right now, but have saved it to my favorites and also listed it on my journal so I can come back again later!

Take care,

~Mary Ann

sylviam4000 said...

Reading this was like being on that trip to the carnival - a real enjoyment.

jjsilcocks said...

Love that carnival poem. :) SO, SO TRUE!!!

sonensmilinmon said...

What fun!  I feel like I was there with you. :-)


nellemclaughlin said...

I am so curious about the brontosaurus leg! It looks like ham! That is really unusual. Sounds like a lot of fun. Nelle

mutualaide said...

Cynthia--a girl after my own heart!  The best thing about the Topsfield Fair way up here in New England?  The smoked turkey legs and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride!  Love a good fair.  Enjoyed your trip nearly as much as you!

suzypwr said...

That leg is almost enough to get me on your side of that meat-eating fence. I ride it pretty carefully now, lol. I am so glad you enjoyed that carnival!

deabvt said...

Rats! [er, sorry, Rocky], wish I was there!