Surprisingly, we didn't run into any of my wife's Brookside High School classmates at the carnival. I say that because shortly after we were married and had an apartment in Sheffield Lake, we would always run into her fellow Brookside alumni everywhere! After a couple years of this, I began to wonder if that there was an invisible force field at the city limits that kept her graduating class from exiting the city!
Since my parents took my siblings and I to Cedar Point each year, I can't say that I really ever went to any of these shopping center-type carnivals while growing up. There was always the concern about nuts and bolts flying off the various rides, etc.
During college in the late 70's, however, I let myself get finagled into getting into a Viking boat ride at the Circleville Pumpkin Festival. You know the type of boat I mean; the boat goes baaaack and forth... baaaaaaack and forth. Needless to say, I didn't enjoy it very much. Good thing I didn't have any pumpkin ice cream that day or I would have barfed it all over the boat!