If you haven’t relived the magic of my small-town 4th of July parade, you can find my recap here.
And now to continue the 4th of July mayhem . . .
Part II —
It would not be the 4th of July without carnival rides, and not just ANY carnival rides, mind you, I’m talking Kenny’s Funland carnival rides.
You know it’s classy when they’ve got Looney Tunes painted on their trailer! (I’m sure they’ve secured the license to use renderings of these characters too. Everything is BY THE BOOK at Kenny’s Funland!)
Kenny must either be 107 years old or started organizing carnivals as a toddler because this is the SAME carnival that has been coming to town since I was young. Fortunately, however, Kenny got smart and got rid of 1) the tattoo trailer, and 2) the “win a live rabbit” game. No good could have come from either attraction.
Kenny’s isn’t just ripping off Looney Tunes licensing. I think this is supposed to be Thing from Fantastic Four. I’m not really sure why “It’s Clobber Time” is painted on a semi that hauls carnival equipment, but, you know, I’ve never claimed to understand the whole carnival culture . . .
And then there were the games. Oh, how the parents loooove the games. Where else can you shell out $10 bucks or more so your kid can play some weird game that usually either involves weapons or looks like it could give you tetanus in the hopes of winning fabulous prizes such as these…
And last year I showed you the scary monkey on the carousel.
Well, I think he must’ve joined a gang in the past year, because he was sporting a new look this time. And it sent shivers down my spine.
There were some highlights to the festivities on the town square, though. Like the food.
And I didn’t get to try this either, but I was loving the sign:
Yes, the Texas state flag was flying proudly on our square, IN IOWA. I’m assuming Kenny’s Funland had something to do with it, but it did seem just a little bit out of place in the heart of the midwest on Independence Day. Well, I guess we should just be glad it wasn’t the Confederate or the British flag, right?
I will leave you with this breathtaking photo of the fireworks we watched in the rain. Don’t worry. Soon, I’ll be posting a tutorial on how to capture awesome shots like this.