Increasing Chances of Diabetes at 2016 Florida State Fair

I’ve lived in the Sunshine State for nearly 20 years, but never took the time to visit the Florida State Fair until 2016.

Florida State Fair

After attending IAAPA for so many years, it was nice to see some of the flat rides in their natural habitat, like Surf’s Up from Zamperla.

Florida State Fair

Even the bounce houses that I have seen over the years at IAAPA were scattered all over the fairgrounds.

Florida State Fair

Most surprising were attractions that seem to withstand the test of time.

Florida State Fair

Not only were these rides reminiscent of my childhood fair-going days, I believe they are the exact same ones.

Florida State Fair

 

Florida State Fair

Some fun houses had clearly been updated and were truly elaborate compared to the musty creaking boards I remember from my younger days.

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair

Some games seem to be also frozen in time.

Florida State Fair

Say what you want about the aged wizard wire game, but these exact fixtures have clearly been around for decades.

Florida State Fair

The classics never seem to go away, like I Got It, a simple ball connection game.

Florida State FairAt fifty cents per game, it’s probably the most affordable carnival game you’ll find anywhere.

Florida State Fair

And yes, we won!

Florida State Fair

With age, rides like Himalaya don’t sound as appealing as they did when you were a teenager, but it’s nice to see they are still around and kicking ass.

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair

Then there were these clown-mouth trash cans scattered everywhere that will give me nightmares for weeks. Speaking of heart palpitations….

Florida State Fair

The fair has never been about salads, kale and wheat grass, but now it seems to be the traveling poster child for diabetes.

Florida State Fair

Everywhere you looked there was some sort of food vendor looking to clog your arteries with something more outrageous than the stall next to them.

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair

The healthiest snack I could find was this deep fried doughnut topped with strawberries. As a reporter, I had to dive in. Yes, it was delicious.

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair

Even the Ferris Wheel was themed to macaroni and cheese. I did not confirm if the ticket included a spa like experience in the cheesy goodness.

Florida State Fair

Truth be told, we had a great time at the Florida State Fair and will return next year. Hard to believe the carnival and sideshows are still alive and well!

Florida State Fair

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