Craving fried food, spinning rides, and unmatchable people-watching, I made my way down to the Coastal Carolina Fair last Wednesday. I’ve been attending the North Carolina State Fair since I was about six, so I pretty much consider myself a fair connoisseur. These rides far surpassed any I’d ever been on in the past. Not only were they totally unique, but the people that operate them let them run until I wanted to cry uncle. I even witnessed a puking on the Fireball. Wednesday night appeared to be a prime time to go. After checking out the Stall High School drum line (fantastic), more rides than we could count, a dinner of cheeseburgers, and our fried dough dessert, we were just about to head out when the sky lit up with a blazing firework display. —Laura Stokes