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3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
TIMES EDITORIAL: A day (and night) at the Colorado River Fair
Palo Verde Valley Times Staff

As a teenager, planning for a day at the Colorado River Fair is a great task. Here is the story of a typical Blythe's teen on the day of the fair.

Phone calls and text messages to friends have already been conducted and the plan is to meet at the Jaycees Building at 6 p.m. (I do not want to be there any sooner because then you look as though you don't have a life and I don't want to be there any later because then my friends will have already started the fun without me.)

So I take that fresh outfit out of the closet, iron out all the wrinkles, jump in the shower with my favorite music on in the background, all the while my stomach is full of butterflies. The anxiety comes from knowing I have to look my best because that cute boy from second period is going to be there with his friends and I will not be caught dead with a hair out of place or my outfit not matching.

After the shower, the hair is meticulously combed and lotion is lathered onto the whole body. When the clothes are put on, I look into the mirror to make sure that the look is just right.

Is that mom calling? I pray that she is not wanting me to take along my younger brother to the fair. That would surely cramp my style. Good. She just wanted to make sure that I took out the trash. Did that. In fact I look around the room and it is spotless. I made sure that there would be nothing that would hold me back from getting to those fairgrounds. I even went as far as to wash the dishes without being asked.

Now got to put on the shoes to complete the look. One more look into the mirror and I swear I haven't looked better, not even at my cousin's wedding last summer did I look this fly.

Out the door I go with the carnival ride ticket and money to blow. I give my little brother a kiss and tell him bye. This is going to be a good day (and night) at the Colorado River Fair.

Arriving at the fair right at 6 p.m., the anxiety is heightened. Looking for my friends in front of the Jaycees Building, the butterflies in the stomach turn into hunger groans at the smell of cinnamon rolls, fried foods and kettle corn. That's okay. There is no time for eating right now. I must find my friends so we can get this day started. There they are. We start to walk around and I ask what time they got to the fair. Five o'clock! So much for not looking desperate. My friends tell me who has already been spotted. The boy from first period, the girl from fifth period, and the P.E. teacher are all here. What? No cute boy from second period. Whatever, it's not important. He is not all that cute anyway. He's supposed to be bringing who to the fair? Not her. She is not a nice girl. Whatever. Forget the cute boy from second period. We are here to have fun.

We start off on the Wave Slinger, the swing ride that spent eight years at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, and coast on over the Pharoah's Fury. This is fun. Next is the Zipper and the Century Wheel. The Century Wheel is not a basic Ferris wheel. This thing goes 70 feet in the air.

Taking it slow, we play a couple of games. My friend wins a goldfish and I win a Mindless Behavior mirror. Nice touch. It would go great with the Mindless Behavior poster that hangs on the wall.

My stomach is really in need of some food. I didn't eat anything all day. Didn't have any time - had to get ready for the fair.

I grab a corndog and a soda. That will hit the spot. We head over to the Bommer Theater just in time to see The Alley Cats perform. Good show and funny guys. Finishing up the food, I realize the hypnotist show is about to begin. We stick around to see which one of our friends will be put under.

Look there is the guy who sits next to me in English up there. He is acting like a chicken. That's funny. The girl I sat next to in fifth grade is up there, too. She is a dinosaur who lost her cell phone. Hahahaha. Good show. Now off to more rides.

On the way, I grab a cherry Icee and a pretzel. Yum.

I get on the Sling Shot and drop 90 feet all the time laughing. Next we head over to the Silver Streak. Uh oh, too many rides, not feeling too good. Shouldn't have ridden the rides right after eating. Sorry trashcan and little kids. You really didn't need to see that.

Who is that calling my name? I turn around and there he is, the cute guy from second period. I am looking a hot mess. My hair is all over my head. There is some mustard on my shirt and is that pieces of corndog and pretzel on my pants leg that I just threw up. Not good. All that work and there he is, right in front of me. And he is alone.

We walk over to the food booth, I grab some napkins and buy some water to clean myself up. He asks me if we can ride on the Zipper together. I'm thinking, "yes." But my stomach says, "no."

I suggest we take it slow and head over to the carousel. I ride the horse and he sits on the unicorn. This is what I have been waiting for all year, a moment with the cute boy from second period.

The night ends with more rides, food, games, and entertainment, and a picture with the cute boy from second period in the photo booth (not in that order).

Versions of this story have occured throughout generations. Different genders can be substituted with slight variations, but the end result is the same. This is what the Colorado River Fair is all about - fun, food, and friends.

"Fun-tier Days" opens next Thursday at the Colorado River Fairgrounds and runs through Sunday, March 24.

Pre-sale carnival ride bracelets for $20 are available at Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce, 145 N. Spring St, Ste. 601, Blythe PAL (Police Department), 240 N. Spring St., and in the fairgrounds office at 591 N. Olive Lake Blvd.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Article comment by: Fond Memories

That was great. Pretty much sums up how I remember the fair when I was a teenager.

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013
Article comment by: I love the fair

How is this over the top? This is exactly how I remember my fairs as a teen in Blythe! (I only barfed a couple of times) People need to really lighten up and enjoy the freedom of that this country affords to citizens. Keep up the solid work pvvt.

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2013
Article comment by: Someone who Cares

I can identify with this story. It brings back memories as a young teen.

Atleast PVVT did not mention the who's buying whos's animal and who's out bidding the other bidder.

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: @ pvvt staff

I am all for supporting our local fair and encouraging people to go but this little piece of fiction is a little over the top. Seems way to much editorial freedom has been given to writers lately. With that said hope everyone goes and enjoys the fair.

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Article comment by: Scared for life

Please tell me Wheete didn't write this. The shower sceane is disturbing.

Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

I remember when the rides used to cost 25 cents. And the closes thing to a computer were the Chinese number rods back then too.

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Article comment by: Desert Punky

Nice ad, but TMI.

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