The Steam Fair
It’s reading week, which means I have no classes. I have so few class hours per week anyway (only 8.5) that sometimes I feel like I basically never go to school at all. I’ll go on that tirade some other day, but anyway, I’m currently sitting around all week with nothing to do except write my essays.
Or not write my essays.
Hey, suddenly I find I feel like updating my blog! Huh! Fancy that!
Ok, ok, ok, just one more post, and THEN I’ll write my essays.
So one day, some of my friends from church invited me to the Stream Fair. Or at least, I thought that’s what they said. It was going to be some kind of carnival. I like carnivals, so I figured I’d pop by.
But it turned out it was actually a STEAM Fair. Ok, that still didn’t mean anything to me. Unless it’s like, steam-powered or something. Ha ha.
No wait, it’s actually steam-powered!
Yeah, a steam-powered carnival!
It’s called Carter’s Steam Fair, and it’s a traveling collection of beautiful old vintage carnival rides. Their crown jewel is this wonderful steam-powered merry-go-round (or “galloper”) from 1895.
And yes, it is complete with a beautiful steam engine, and a big jet of steam flows constantly out of the top.
I don’t usually ride carnival rides, but I couldn’t resist. It was amazing and so beautiful, and I was so happy on it!
My American flatmate Sarah came with me and kindly took that picture. Sarah is secretly a hummingbird and vibrates at 200 cycles per second. Or something like that, because every single picture I took of her is blurry. Case in point:
We had a wonderful time just walking around the fair and looking at all the beautiful, beautiful old machines. Every square of inch of every ride was cared for, and the art nouveau paint jobs were just so lovely. I’m just going to keep saying “love” and “lovely” and “beautiful” because that’s what this place was. It makes me happy even now, just thinking that it exists somewhere in the world.
Here’s a mirror show tent:
A little car merry go round (not steam-powered):
Here’s another ride that had a column of steam rising out of it. It’s big, multi-person swings. Even the bottoms of the swings were painted, and you could see the picture when each swing was up.
And here’s a beautiful 1950s ice cream van. Sarah recognized it from the news. Indeed, Mick Jagger once offered the owner £100,000 for it, but the owner said he couldn’t bear to part with it.
A last look at the glowing fair as we left: