A travelling funfair in the village

At the weekend when the celebration I was writing about in the previous post took place, there was also a travelling funfair prepared for children to have fun. It might be interesting for you to see what such a funfair looks like in a village like the one I live in.

Tractors come into the village, pulling all the funfair equipment. Behind the blue tractor, a circus caravan was attached and when we were passing it, we could see a big dog lying between its wheels, guarding the property. You can see a speaker placed at the front of the caravan which was playing music. Loud music, what else could be expected in a fair.

tractors

A little chairoplane comes next, the one for little kids. I liked its contrast to the scenery in the background.

chairoplane

Swings. They are quite popular and children like to be swinging on them. In the pictures above the swings you can see favourite characters from both Czech and international fairy tales. My younger son loves Smurfs and their stories.

swingboats

There was also a caravan full of paper flowers and plush toys tied to different numbers of wood skewers intended for being shot down with an air rifle. I wish I took a picture of that but I don’t have any.

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And that’s it. A few days ago on my way home from work I saw a similar travelling funfair in the neighbouring village, just instead of the chairoplane there was a little trampoline…

I wonder how much money such a little funfair earns in a village like this. I saw just two people operating all of those attractions – a man and woman. I’d guess they were a (married) couple or they could easily be siblings, couldn’t they? I heard that the local authority needed to pay certain amount of money for them to come and I’d believe that. The attractions are getting more and more expensive and parents think twice before paying for them.

I have to add that this is quite different from a travelling funfair in a town or city with many attractions, not just for kids but also for teenagers and adults, where one can enjoy various rides and buy refreshment and sweets at plenty of stalls. And balloons, can you imagine a funfair without colourful balloons floating in the air tied together in a bunch?

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16 Comments

  1. It looks like total fun for the wee ones, Petra, like when my g'son was little. Astrid would love the air riffles. HA! And the Smurfs, of course!

    Your little fair reminds me of the Hippie Festival that came to our city a couple weeks ago (my latest post) and you'll even see the Smurfs that were glued to the top of someone's VW van. Both yours and mine made for great photo ops! And that's what it's all about these days for us, right? 🙂

  2. Sarah said it well: "Your photos say summer." I don't think I've ever seen such a small funfair, but it sure looks like fun for the kiddies. Those chairoplanes are a fun and cooling ride on a hot day. And I agree that it makes a colorful scene against the green of the landscape.

    1. Linda, thank you. Our younger son was thrilled to try the swings as well as the chairoplane, the older one was shooting at the roses (and got a few of them) and I was happy to take a few photographs so we enjoyed a lot of fun with just those few attractions.

  3. It looks as though everyone is having such a good time. These type of fairs were always part of our summer and fall when the kids were little. There was usually some type of local theme attached to them like an apple festival, time to celebrate "Old King Coal," or perhaps a popcorn harvest fair. I guess that's why our son wants to move back to that area where he grew up. There is so much fair fun attached to his memories.

  4. Hello. I came here through w2w blog. You have a nice and interesting blog. A friend of mine visited your country recently and said it was very beautiful.
    Those rides are familiar. That reminds me when my kids were small. I could remember their happy faces and shout for joy in a nearby amusement park on the top of the hill.

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