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Trick or treat on the Midway

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The Midway, a long strip of carnival games and rides centrally located on the grounds, is an essential part of the State Fair experience. Lined with enormous stuffed animals and alluring prizes, the Midway is every kid’s dream. Yet, if you are a first-time fairgoer, there are some booths you should stay away from. Despite this, there are also a handful of enjoyable games that will make your fair experience that much better. Listed below are 5 games described in detail:


Rip-offs:

Tubs of fun: What looks to be the easiest ride at the fair is actually the most deceiving of them all. Before you pay, the booth worker allows you a trial. The operator successfully tosses a ball into a bucket from his position inside the tent, then hands you a ball for a practice toss and you easily make it in. Gaining confidence in your abilities, you hand over your money. They reset the game, you try again. This time the ball pops right out of the bucket. No oversized stuffed unicorn for you. Why? On your practice throw, the ball that was already in the bucket deadened the impact of the ball you threw, so it stayed in. When they removed both balls from the bucket, it became pretty much impossible for a ball to stay in the bucket without ricocheting right back out. It was all a sham and you walk away feeling like the biggest idiot in the world. -AR

Ring toss: Because this game offers you upwards of 20 rings, you automatically feel like you have a better chance to win. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how many rings you’re allotted, what bottle you go fo, or even how perfect your form is because this game is nearly impossible. The rings are just a hair wider than the bottle top and made of plastic that bounces off the glass. If anyone demonstrates the ring toss successfully, he or she is probably using a larger ring or dropping it from directly overhead, which is impossible from your position outside of the booth. Sadly, this classic game is a no-go. -AR

Basketball: Even for the most avid hoopers, this is one game to avoid for multiple reasons. The rims tend to be smaller and more oval-shaped, and a lot of the time the height of the basket is too high. The balls are usually over-inflated, making them bouncier. And some hoops even lack a backboard. In order to win, your shot would have to accommodate all of these conditions by having an unbelievably high arch with absolutely no room for error, among other things. This sort of shot is unorthodox and would probably get you ridiculed at the Y. AR


Worth it:

Balloon “Darts”: For this game, pinpoint accuracy isn’t required. A good arm and powerful punch will pop the balloons. Instead of darts, you throw plastic-bead-filled toy balls, which push the balloon into the spike behind it, popping the balloon. The balloons on the wall aren’t blown up all the way, making the rubber thicker and harder to pop, but the chances of winning this game are higher than one may think. This game offers a fair chance at winning, unlike other Midway games, but if you want a big prize, you have to play twice to rack up five or more points. You get what you pay for with this game. -JH

 

Water Guns: To simplify the experience of this game, it’s the least-rigged game on the Midway and players are guaranteed a prize. The easiest way to win this game is to play it with a friend or two to get whatever prizes you would want. The catch for this method is that you have to pay double for two rounds if you want the big prizes. This game is definitely targeted towards younger fair-goers because of the easy win concept, but no game is perfect. The water spouted from the guns is released at inconsistent pressures, which makes choosing a gun like a game of roulette. If a player chooses the water gun with low pressure, then sorry bud, you’re not winning. -JH

Breaking plates: This challenging game has a lot to offer, from the pride of throwing the weighted ball fast enough to shatter a plate, to the thrill of choosing a stuffed animal. The first attempt was difficult. Calibrating to the ball and the distance between the counter and the plates takes a few misses. However, with a few more tickets, staffer and athlete Grace Nguyen broke two plates and was rewarded a small prize of her choice. This game is no giveaway, but you do feel good walking away with a prize you earned. -LH

 

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Alexis Russell, Staff Writer

Alexis Russell is a senior this year, and it is her second year on staff. She mostly writes about sports, including volleyball, basketball, and baseball. Her favorite teams are the Mavs and Cowboys, and her most prized possession is an autographed cardboard cutout of Dirk Nowitzki’s head. Her hobbies include wake surfing, skiing, and sitting in her massage chair. Her all-time favorite movie is Dodgeball, and her favorite band is Del Water Gap. After graduation, she hopes to study International Relations at either UT or Arizona. She looks forward to a great year with The Red Ledger.

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Joeley Hedgcoxe, Staff Writer

Freshman Joeley Hedgcoxe may be small, but her perseverance and stubbornness won’t let anybody get in her way. This is Joeley’s first year on The Red Ledger staff. She was introduced to journalism in seventh grade through the Willow Springs Rosette yearbook. She has since then decided to focus on writing, leading her to newspaper. She has been a journalism student for three years, and her passion for writing is still in hot pursuit. Joining TRL has been a chance for Joeley to experience something new. With a passion for performing and love for all things makeup, she steps into any room ready to make a scene. However, she still has a kind heart and soft spot for her friends and family. She is a dedicated member of the Lovejoy color guard, and encourages others to do what they love, even if there are people trying to tear them down. Hoping to blow away the community with her stories, she puts 100% effort into everything and is always searching for new ideas and inspiration to fulfill her dreams.

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Lily Hager, Editor in Chief

Lily Hager is a junior and has been learning how to write for the community through newspaper since the seventh grade. Her third year of The RedLedger is also her first year as one of the Editors-in-Chiefs, along with Madeline Sanders. She’s always down to meet new people and skip the small talk. That’s why she made it a priority to double block newspaper this year- to know every staff member. Because for the past 5 years, she hasn’t just fallen in love with journalism. She fell in love with the staff she writes with, too. When she’s not in E103, the newspaper room, she’s in the band hall as one of the drum majors. You can catch her at every football game on a podium “waving her arms around,” as some people call it. It’s the little things that can make her day. Lily starts each morning by greeting her pet rabbit, Boots. She feeds two fish, Ryder and Rosy, and waters her 15 plants (and counting), all before leaving her bedroom. When she doesn’t stay up too late writing, editing or finishing homework, she may start her day early with a Bible study or delicious breakfast. As an editor, she wants to make the website the best it’s ever been. She has big shoes to fill, but she is so confident in the strength of this year’s staff. She will use each day to help provide the school with a reliable, timely and interesting publication.

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Jackie Carroll, LNN Reporter

Sophomore Jackie Carroll is excited for her first year as part of the Lovejoy News Network. Drawn to the camera, Jackie hopes to bring to the table her love of all things video and the experience she’s gained from attending journalism workshops. Aside from video journalism, Jackie loves to spend time outdoors, and she occasionally takes her GoPro along to document her endeavors. She is constantly strumming on the guitar or picking out tunes on various instruments, much to the annoyance of the rest of her family. She also plays cello in the orchestra and wakes up way too early to swim every morning. Alongside her triplet brother and sister, Jackie is preparing to take on the world one early morning at a time, wearing brightly colored jeans and rocking French braids.

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Kelsey Carroll, Section Editor

The fact that junior Kelsey Carroll owns and frequently wears 12 pairs of “Harry Potter” themed socks basically sums her up. She believes there’s no way anyone can ever own enough crazy socks (no matter the occasion), and there’s definitely no way anyone can love “Harry Potter” more than she does. Outside of school, Kelsey can often be found sitting on her bed editing photos until her laptop battery dies, which is her signal to start doing homework. Before the school day even begins, Kelsey spends her early mornings swimming countless laps until second period starts. She’s constantly surrounded by music, as Kelsey never takes out her earbuds- except when she’s practicing the cello or ukulele. Kelsey will never get tired of taking photos at football games on the sidelines no matter how many field goals and touchdowns she sees through the lens. Although she’s pretty soft spoken, Kelsey hopes to put her many words into writing as she continues to write for The Red Ledger this school year. Kelsey can’t wait to tackle her roles as community editor, photographer, and social media editor during her third year on staff.

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Grace Nguyen, Section Editor

Junior Grace Nguyen spends her Friday nights getting tackled by athletes in the ‘danger zone’ at every football game while taking photos. Although this may sound like an unpleasant way to spend time at football games, it’s one of Grace’s favorite parts of the school year. During her third year of being on The RedLedger staff, Grace will be a photographer and the graphic design editor. She can be found standing on the sidelines taking photos at every sporting event or laying on the ground for a good portrait angle anywhere in the school. Although most of her time is spent in the newsroom, she loves putting in work on the softball field, volunteering around the community, hanging out around her church, and eating as much guacamole as humanly possible. Grace takes pride in the hard work she puts into everything. She owes softball for teaching her perseverance, and newspaper for giving her the confidence she needs to be a better photographer. She also attributes much of her success to her life hack where she puts Halo Top into her 30 oz Yeti cup. Grace hopes that this year she can create photos and graphics that tell a story and make an impact on staffers’ lives- just like LHS alumni Nicole Genrich, Katie Felton, and Nick Smith did for her.  

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