This year, the Hood River County Fair featured many things from art to livestock and even an Elvis Presley impersonator; but one of its best features was definitely the rides. From the classic ease of the Ferris wheel to the adrenaline rush of the Drop Zone there were rides for everyone to enjoy.
One ride I noticed that got a lot of attention was the Orbiter, a really fast ride that everyone seemed to enjoy (well, those who were taller than 48 inches). What I found best about the Orbiter was that even though it was rapidly spinning, I didn’t feel dizzy or sick once and that’s pretty good because I usually feel a little light-headed after most rides that spin.
The Tilt-A-Whirl was also a great fast-spinning ride but a word of caution from HRV graduate Wren Andrews, “Never, ever go on this ride after eating two hot dogs and a slurpee.” I definitely didn’t even try to eat before going on The Tornado and the Tip Top rides. In comparison to each other I would say they were equally dizzying. If you’re into the ridiculously fast rides, you must’ve enjoyed the Gravitron and the Drop Zone. I personally didn’t go on the Gravitron because I was scared but one of my friends (Miranda Dezurick) had this to say about it: “The worst feeling in the world is getting off that ride.” I did, however, get pulled into going on the Drop Zone, which was the most terrifying experience for me but like my friend McKenzie Mellow says, “Every ride is a new adventure!”
After all the intense rides, the YOYO was a super easy-going ride to do in between the rides that give people headaches. But what carnival would be complete without a Ferris wheel? I mean this ride is a classic. What teenage girl doesn’t remember the scene from The Notebook where Noah climbed up the Ferris wheel to ask Allie out? (Just me? Oh, okay.) The Ferris wheel was the last ride I went on around 10 p.m. and the view was absolutely stunning from the top.
Everything at fair was great this year — the weather was perfect and the deep-fried food was even better (in its own way). Although the thing that really makes me stay at the fair until late is the awesome and entertaining rides that make the $20 ride pass totally worth it.