Yesterday was our day at the Manitoba Summer Fair. The weather was beautiful and the kids had fun. I have to say though, it wasn’t cheap, and lines were long. It does make you think that perhaps early June is not the best time for a fair with a midway. Three of the five days are school days, therefore shorter, and that makes only two days that you can spend the whole day at the fair. When you pay that much for ride tickets or wrist bands, we chose bands, it makes you want to make sure you get your money’s worth.
Unfortunately everyone else has the same idea, and on a day without rain, it gets crowded. Last year was actually better because it rained halfway through and the uncommitted went home! I understand that the fair takes place when it does to secure North American Midway Entertainment’s services. I just wonder if there is an alternative, and would it be better for Brandon?
That being said, fairs do tend to be expensive, and lines long regardless of the time of year the event is held. Only occurring once a year, the Summer Fair is able to cash in on its limited time window. Believe me, I understand the market forces at work.
Every year, the midway does get me to thinking about something else. Could Brandon and Westman support an amusement park? I don’t mean a Six Flags or Disney size park, but a smaller park like Tinkertown in Winnipeg.
I think we could, if the location was right. There has for a number of years now, been repeated pushes for a Casino or a resort hotel, or both. People have also suggested a waterpark. We had a waterpark in the 1980s, however it was so far out of town that it was impossible to get to easily. I’ve also thought about a small zoo, Brandon once had one. In my brain though, it is a family amusement park that seems to have the most chance of working, and family entertainment is something that could be more available in our city.
Once a year during the summer months we take the kids in to Winnipeg and we go to Tinkertown. It is located on the east side of the city, just off the Perimeter Highway, interestingly enough, next to a waterpark. Tinkertown has both kiddie rides, 7 of them, and 13 family rides. The Tilt-a-Whirl, the Scrambler, Paratrooper, Spinning Apples (Dizzy Dragons with a different theme), miniature train ride, and bumper cars just to name a few. If Tinkertown was up on the North Hill somewhere, we would definitely go more than once a year. Heck, probably more than once a month!
The thing I like best about Tinkertown is the price. A wrist band for the day costs $15 per person. That’s $60 for a family of four, but it beats $152 plus adult admission at the fair. Personally, I think it could be a good venture, though I am not the risk taking type so I doubt that I would be the one to do it. If someone did though, I would be one of the first in line. I also think that it could be a good employment opportunity for area youth.
If you build it, we will come!