Family Friendly Kona

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Carnivale!

Tag: Updates
Sep 14th, 2007

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Aloha All,

It’s that time of year again. The Farm Fair has come to Kona – oh my goodness. This is our equivalent to a county fair, with all the rides and games, a petting zoo, and agricultural displays. For some reason, it comes every year at the hottest time of year, and it’s located at the Old Airport, which is probably the hottest location in Kona. Nonetheless, we all go, and the kids have a fabulous time.

So, after 3 years of experiencing this carnival, I have some tips (and someone should remind me of them around this time next year):

1. Wear sunscreen. Lots. And if you wear slippers, make sure to sunscreen your feet.
2. Dont wear slippers. Wear closed toe shoes.
3. Wear a hat.
4. Bring bottled water, and some protein bars.
5. Most important – buy wrisbands!!! (see below)
6. Bring cash. Lots.

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The trick with the Farm Fair is to buy wristbands ahead of time. These are the passes that will get you into the fair, and let you go on all the rides, as many times as you want, for one price. This year they were $18, and you order them through Ticketmaster. You can purchase them online, then print your receipt and bring it to the fair. They give you a wristband at the gate. (www.ticketmaster.com – search for “Big Island Farm Fair”)

You can also buy them online at the Farm Fair website: http://www.ekfernandez.com/fair_carnival_big.html. Also, check there for special offers.

This year I bought two wrisbands – one for my daughter and one for her friend, and I just paid to get in ($3 at the gate). I don’t need to ride the bumper cars 100 times, and I definitely don’t need to spin upside down and in circles, at all. I bought a few ride tickets and rode the ferris wheel a couple of times with the kids (the views are amazing from the top – see photo below.). Then the girls did the bumper cars, over and over and over, and whatever else they wanted to do, while I stood with the other parents in whatever shade I could find.

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If you like carnival games, there are all kinds of games in the game tents. There is a booth where you can buy some carnival prizes, if you didnt win any. There is a small farmers market. And lots of food and drink options.

We always go during the day, usually right when it opens around noon, and stay for a couple of hours. You can go at night, when it would be cooler, and there is live music, but the lines to get in can be very long (and the traffic gets unbelievable).

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All in all, it was fun. Very, very hot, but lots of fun. If you are in Kona this time next year, it is worth a trip.

As always, thank you for visiting!

Mahalo,

Monica Hayward, Realtor (B)
Coldwell Banker Maryl Realty
monicahayward@earthlink.net

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