It was now 2.30 and I was back. The fair was running and crowds gathering. Part 1 of this post may be found using the arrow
As I mentioned before, some of the rides appeared to be reasonably benign but the advent of hydraulics and powerful electric motors has meant that movement in more than one plane was what could make or break a fairground ride (and cause wardrobe, bowel, stomache and bladder malfunctions amongst the riders).
Not only does the pendulum swing through more than 180° but the seats also rotate through a full revolution. It is one heck of a scarey device. The rotating arm on the left rotates through a full revolution and each seat cluster rotates too. No thank you. I will give them both a miss.
Fortunately there were a few rides that catered for the budding princess or adventurous pirate…
or you could blow your cash on a coin pusher.
or maybe you could “Hook a Duck”?
Naturally I could not keep my eye off that tower with the swings on it. The view must have been spectacular, although I fear that I would have lost my glasses if I went on that thing.
I never really grew up around “funfairs” as they were not that big a thing when I was young. I can only recall 2 specific occasions when I did go to one, but the rides were all benign and the stalls were more about fishing or chasing arrows or winning cheap prizes on a rigged machine. The rotating, noisy, flashing light type attraction would have been frowned upon by the dominee and the National Party so would have been disallowed.
And as for the Dodgems (Or “Bumper Cars” as we knew them), I used to drive on the roads in Johannesburg, that was enough to put anybody off dodgems.
Random Funfair Type Images
And that was the 2021 Mop Fair. A welcome break for so many of us, and oddly enough I did enjoy the outing, even if it was just down the road. Hopefully 2022 will not disappoint, and I hope that I do not have to rock up at next year’s wearing a mop head!
Special thanks to all of those who worked behind the scenes and those who kept the public safe and who worked the machines.
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