Being from a small town outside of Calgary, I grew up with the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth being a huge part of my summer. Every year my Dad would round up us kids, head to the grocery store to purchase a large sheet of tickets for the rides (all day ride passes did not exist – am I dating myself?) and head into the big city for an entire day of fun!
Dragging my father from one ride to the next – if I was tall enough I was going on it – stopping only momentarily to eat a hot dog or watch the SuperDogs! My favourite ride was the Enterprise –I’m sure more so for its brightly coloured cars than the thrill of the ride, plus I got to sit with my Dad so that made it all the more fun. Being one of the few “scary” rides that I was tall enough to ride I’m pretty sure my father had to endure the experience multiple times throughout the day.
Although I may be tall enough now to ride every ride, and still make my way to the grounds every year – I’ll always cherish the days of excitement from one year to the next of climbing into my Dad’s Truck and heading to the grounds to discover what rides I could try this year.