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Visitors take a spin at Boalsburg Fire Company carnival

Lilly Lawrence and Braylan Covol ride the Sizzler at Boalsburg Fire Company carnival on Saturday.
Lilly Lawrence and Braylan Covol ride the Sizzler at Boalsburg Fire Company carnival on Saturday. CDT photo

There’s nothing worse than rider’s remorse — except maybe motion sickness.

Fortunately the kids who spent a better part of their Saturday night being spun in circles at the Boalsburg Fire Company’s annual carnival only seemed to be struggling with the first one.

A few of the younger children clung tight to an adult, eyes firmly pressed shut while their older counterparts whooped, shouted and otherwise expressed their exuberance at being thrown for (or in this case — in) a loop by one of the carnival’s more dizzying rides.

It seems that a couple of years can make all the difference — with a few minor exceptions.

Teresa Weyant, Captain 392 with the Boalsburg Fire Company, has been at her job for 13 years and seen more than her fair share of carnivals.

“This has been a Boalsburg tradition before even I came into the service,” Weyant said.

The yearly carnival is the Boalsburg Fire Company’s big fundraiser and according to Weyant, Saturday night’s turnout surpassed the attendance on Thursday and Friday evening.

She sees the carnival not just as an opportunity to raise money but to engage with people and spread the good word about the fire company — something that’s probably easier said than done when your target audience is being spun through the air.

Not that they seemed to mind. Teenagers Mercedes Long, Emily Baya and Carly Sullivan arrived at the carnival grounds straight from Boalsburg’s Memorial Day parade and had already conquered a bulk of the rides, a selection that included a carousel, slide and any number of opportunities to defy gravity or spin in a circle.

The girls come to the carnival every year and enjoy the ambiance.

“It’s a good place to hang out with friends during the summer,” Baya said.

Having already sufficiently addressed their adventure quota for the evening, Baya, Long and Sullivan planned to spend the rest of the evening walking, talking and eating — and boy, did they have options.

Food selections included pizza, chicken and all manner of fried carnival fare.

However, there were still plenty of harrowing rides to be conquered and it looked like a job for Superman.

Jeffrey Suvard came prepared. Clad in a Superman T-shirt — complete with a red cape —Jeffrey and his dad, Bob Suvard, were waiting in line for one of the spinning rides.

It was the first time at the carnival for both father and son, who live in Clearfield County and were invited by friends. They liked what they saw.

“It’s a nice, family atmosphere,” Suvard said.

For all of the other superheroes out there, the carnival will open again on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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