Upside-down, iguanas and music at Hometown Fair 2014

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Published on June 22, 2014

Kids ride the carousel at the 2014 Hometown Fair on June 21, 2014.

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The Ferris Wheel rotates at the 2014 Hometown Fair on the night of June 21, 2014. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy

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Safari Jeff the Reptile Guy displays a reptile to the crowd at one of his shows on June 21, 2014.

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The Super Shot drops down at the 2014 Hometown Fair on the night of June 21, 2014.

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The ride Vertigo swings its occupants around as it rises at the 2014 Hometown Fair on June 21, 2014.

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Safari Jeff the Reptile Guy shows an albino snake to the crowd at one of his shows on June 21, 2014.

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Safari Jeff the Reptile Guy displays a turtle to the crowd at one of his shows on June 21, 2014.

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Safari Jeff the Reptile Guy shows a baby alligator to the crowd at one of his shows on June 21, 2014.

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The fireball and Alien Abduction rides are lit up the night of June 21, 2014 at the Hometown Fair.

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The fair grounds are lit up on the night of June 21, 2014.

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The fireball does a loop at the 2014 Hometown Fair on the night of June 21, 2014.

Another successful year for the fair grounds

Cody Catley, 10, wobbled around in a water ball.

All the while, he couldn’t stop smiling, even as he turned every which way possible in the ball on top of the water. When he got out he said it was kind of hot in the ball.

“It’s sort of exhausting,” said Catley. “Basically to get everywhere you have to throw yourself against the walls or do back somersaults. It’s pretty fun.”

He added the Wobbly Water Balls were his favourite part of the Hometown Fair that hit Moose Jaw this weekend from Friday through Sunday at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Grounds.

This year there were several new attractions. Those included the Mysteract Laser Light Show, Strawberry Shortcake and Caillou, Diamond Disc Dogs, Bill Bentley the hypnotist, two different artists for concerts — Jess Moskaluke and Dustin Bentall and the Smokes — and the Wobbly Water Balls.

“That’s been quite an attraction down there. There’s been lots of kids in those,” said fair chair Judy Wilson.”(Diamond Disc Dogs is) dogs with Frisbees and tricks.”

There was also Safari Jeff the Reptile Guy.

“He is really good too. He’s got a turtle. He’s got a baby alligator. He’s got iguanas, snakes and some of it’s hands on. We had the turtle on the grass here and people were up there petting it and feeling its shell,” said Wilson.

As for rides, there were about 13 adult rides and about a dozen children’s rides.

“This year we had the carousel. That’s back,” she said. “Then we just changed the layout of the grounds a little bit too this year so it just takes on a bit of a fresh look.”

The West Coast Lumberjacks returned this year, as did many of the popular fair rides such as the Fireball, Super Shot, Alien Abduction and the Ferris Wheel.

Regarding attendance, she estimated it was about on par with last year, only a little higher.

“(Friday) we started out with some rain, but we had a beautiful evening and (Saturday) we had a line up out to Thatcher at one gate and all the way down in the Superstore parking lot. It’s been phenomenal,” said Wilson.

“I don’t remember them lined up as much as today, but maybe it’s just because of the week of rain, everyone just wants to get out, nut to me, it’s really good to see that.”

She’s been the fair chair for four years now. She has been on the Moose Jaw Exhibition Company board for many years and joined the fair committee. After that, she worked her way up to being the fair chair.

“I like the excitement and the getting ready for it,” said Wilson. “Come September, we’ll basically see what was good, what was bad and start planning next year already.”

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Hometown Fair 2014, Moose Jaw Exhibition Company

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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