"Happiness is one more ride on the Tilt-a-Whirl" by: Jessica Shepard

   Just like with the fair and rodeo in the spring, the fall Rice Festival also holds a certain place in my heart.
   I have many happy memories of unlimited armbands being $10 and rides that seemed like they could touch the sky along with carnival workers trying to shout over the din.
   Sounds, that, depending on the ride, music or electrical generator being used could leave your ears ringing when you got too close.
   And the scents – funnel cakes, cotton candy, fresh squeezed lemonade and a unique blend of generator fumes or gasoline that includes, when the wind drifts just right; livestock.
   Over the years I have seen many attractions come and go.
   But, there are old standards and standbys that guarantee people lining up.
   The Ferris Wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl, swing riders and, of course, the carousel always had the longest lines.
   Other rides required riders to be a certain height or were limited to smaller children.

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