Thursday, July 13, 2006

Carnivals are a big deal on the Shore. Until last year there were 3 of them, all to benefit the host towns' volunteer fire department. This year the Onancock Carnival closed forever; a source of great disappointment and sadness for long-time Shore residents in particular. To help soften the blow Wachapreague has opened it's doors for a couple more weeks. The other Carnival is on Chincoteague Island. It is about 45 minutes away so we have yet to go to that one, but since having children we have been loyal Wachapreague Carnival goers.

India and Kate LOVE the carnival. They enjoy the sounds, the smells, the tastes, the sights, and....most importantly they love the rides. The fire department has done a great job catering to younger kids with four or five small rides including the ubiquitous merry-go-round. India also loves the big kid rides, which she fearlessly boards with her Daddy while I hold Kate and listen to her fuss about being too little.

The Carnival food is incredible, and includes clam fritters, sweet potato fries, and DEEP FRIED OREOS (these are so good they are poison). The food is so delicious, in fact, that Wachapreaguers can be seen picking up dinner to go. India and Kate favor the "Totton Tandy", in the usual spirit of the messier the better.

The above picture was taken from the top of the ferris wheel. What a great view! By the time we left at 9:15 Kate was sobbing with fatigue and repeating "I wan' mo' ponies!"...first words out of her mouth this morning were "I wan' ride da ponies adain!".


Janice said...

Hay - cute bag hanging on the stroller handle.

We miss the carnival!

Delane said...

I really like the small town picture that this post paints. And the photo from the ferris wheel is fantastic. Very Americana. You guys might be more "Mayberry" than my Mayberry.

The Turmanators said...

Nah, you are still the Mayberry king. Perhaps we are "Seaberry"?