Valley residents enjoy final day of carnival at Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta
Julian Avila, 4, looks at his mother, Khriz Navarrete (not shown), as he eats cotton candy at the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta in Imperial on Tuesday, March 6, 2013. (JOSELITO VILLERO PHOTO / March 6, 2013)
Some, like Carmen Mitosinka, anticipated low attendance early in the day, and took advantage.
“The reason we came early is so the kids can enjoy the rides,” said the El Centro resident.
“We came last Sunday,” she added. “We loved Doc’s Farm barn.”
Mitosinka’s grandson, William Thomas, said his favorite ride was the Mummy Ride, which propelled riders into the air before bringing them back down.
Gabriel, a Valley Community High School sophomore said he has been to the fair twice this week. He said he liked to watch the ladies in attendance.
Don Degree, owner of the climbing wall, challenged passersby to climb the center side of his climbing wall. $100 cash were clamped to the top, and were for the taking for anybody who managed to reach the top without slipping. Chalk and climbing shoes were prohibited.
The path to the top looked deceptively easy. Only one or two people per fair manage to score the cash, he said.
Calexico resident Karen Quecada worked the Bank of Ball booth.
Attendees who stepped up to the line had to bounce a wiffle ball off a backboard into a basket on the ground. Prizes were oversized, plush cartoon characters.
“Overall it was slow this year,” she said, when asked about attendance at her booth. Quecada said she travels the state fair circuit, and attributed the downturn to Friday’s windy weather.
Tyzen, the Hypnotist, on the other hand, drew a large crowd.
He began his show with a few magic tricks.
He turned a $100 bill into $1, and performed other mind tricks on the audience.
The main draw of his show, however, was the hypnotism. The audience laughed when he hypnotized a number of volunteers and had them believe he wasn’t wearing pants. He also had the volunteers believe they were pieces of candy from a ballet performance, and brought them out of their trance while they were dancing together.
“I liked the comedy,” said Maya Robledo, 13, when asked what she thought of the show.
“We saw it last week,” added her mother, Ruby Robledo. “We hope he comes back next week.”
Staff Writer Antoine Abou-Diwan can be reached at 760-337-3454 or email@example.com
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