Fort Collins, CO
On The Midway
Photograph - Photogaphic Luminism
The midway at the Larimer County Fair in Colorado.
A midway at a fair is the location where amusement rides, entertainment and fast food booths are concentrated. The term originated from the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, Illinois in 1893. It was the first world's fair with an area for amusements which was strictly separated from the exhibition halls. This area, which was concentrated on the city's Midway Plaisance, included carnival rides, among them the first Ferris wheel, Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West show, and other attractions.
In the years after the Exposition closed, midway came to be used as a common noun in the United States and Canada to refer to the area for amusements at a county or state fair, circus, festival, or amusement park.
Now, let's get on over there and get a corn dog, some funnel cakes and cotton candy then spend some time on the ferris wheel.
December 14th, 2012
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