Last year we had a perfect day at the Canadian National Exhibition. Our expectations were set high this year and we made plans to go on a weekday evening so that we would avoid the big crowds. Unfortunately we were fighting odds on a repeat performance because Colin and I were both in a cranky mood. It didn't help that after buying a Ride All Day Midway Pass for both our girls, we discovered that Buttercup did not make the height requirement by a couple inches. She was turned away from many rides but luckily not everyone took their jobs too seriously.
Strawberry wanted to try the squirt the water into the target game. I spied a cuddly polar bear that she could win. There was only one other racer so she had a fifty percent chance of winning. Strawberry won the first try but the race was called off because the other player switched seats in the middle of the game. It really looked like she won the second round by a smidgeon but the carnival worker declared the other person victorious. Strawberry was obviously confused and disappointed. Colin and I tried to hide the fact that we were bitter and angry.
On some rides Buttercup wore the look of fear but she always returned to us bubbling over with excitement.
We questioned her, "Were you scared?" With wide eyes she nodded, "Yah. Scared."
We ask her, "Was it fun?" Then she gave a gleeful shout, "YAH!" and chased her big sister to the next ride.
Maybe next year we'll try Canada's Wonderland instead.