Carnival fun

Grace and Anna Shoemaker jumped out of their seats and skipped over to their grandmother after riding their favorite dragon roller coaster for the fifth time in a row.
Julie Angell
Jul 25, 2014


“They’ve got a half-hour to go, so I’m sure there will be four more times,” the grandmother of the 5- and 6-year-old girls joked at the Ottawa County Fair carnival Thursday night.

While 4-H events and grandstand entertainment varies throughout the week at the fair, the carnival continues its lively atmosphere from beginning to end. Even heavy thunderstorms that did a number on a few of the Ottawa County Fairgrounds’ tents during the week couldn’t keep crowds from enjoying the annual event.

Fair marketing chief Mark Dalman said the crowd numbers have remained the same since last year, despite cooler weather this week. Kids like Grace and Anna chose to come back to the fair after experiencing the fun earlier in the week.

“It’s going great,” Dalman said.

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From morning to evening, smells from savory fair selections such as gyros, elephant ears and gourmet popcorn waft through the air.

Walking into the first gate’s entrance, folks were greeted by a myriad mammals, reptiles and birds brought to the carnival by the Whispering Pines Mobile Zoo. Anna Johnson, 17, sat and laughed at youngsters pushing by to feed hungry goats, llamas and even some kangaroos. Johnson works for Whispering Pines, and she said she loves traveling to new places like Ottawa County.

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