If you're looking for a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy, look no further! The Greater Columbus Fair is in town all week with brand new attractions.
News Leader 9's Dante Renzulli was live from the Civic Center parking lot where the final preparations are wrapping up and they're getting ready for this opening night.
At 6 p.m. Tuesday, they opened up the gates on Victory Drive to the first visitors and this fair was officially underway. Dante was out there all day getting an inside look at the preparations and everything this event has to offer.
It's a carnival, circus, and science fair all wrapped into one, and it's right here in our own backyard. The parking lot of the Columbus Civic Center has been transformed into a whimsical wonderland for everyone to enjoy. The rides are assembled and the food is ready to eat.
Speaking of eating, the youngest female tiger trainer in the country says she's not afraid of becoming a big cat's dinner at the first performance of the tiger encounter.
"Well they don't look at you as food, they don't see you as meat, like the same thing that I eat," said Felicia Frisco. "They don't look at you like that. The only incidents where people have gotten bit is usually out of fear or it's always human error."
Fair officials say they're prepared to see increased attendance for the new events.
"Well of course we're hoping for more people this year," said Robin Wallace with the Columbus Civic Center. "We've got a beautiful weather forecast in store for the six days that the Greater Columbus Fair is open. We have a circus, we have the puppetone rockers- they'll be travelling down the midway, it's a travelling piano on wheels. And we are really excited about all the people who are going to be coming for that this week."
Early in the day, workers were putting the finishing touches on equipment and getting everything ready for the big first night. One local vendor says she's expecting to go through thousands of potatoes to make French fries.
"We have to set up, we have to make sure we go through every potato, make sure they're fresh, make sure they're good, make sure that we have good fryers, fresh oil, and we're ready to go," said Jaqueline Canty with Canty's Café Express.
They've got a special deal for the first night of the fair- admission tickets are only $2, which is less than half price so this is a great time to come down.
Wednesday will be an even better night to visit because News Leader 9 is sponsoring two for the price of one unlimited ride wristbands, which are good for every single ride in the park. You buy one and Channel 9 buys the other, because we want to make sure you're having a good time at the fair!
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