It's all fun and games ... until someone gets hurt

Great Northern Fair offers the full experience right out of the gate


Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry

Tallen Oats, from left, Tance HeavyRunner and Karlee Meyers throw pingpong balls at fishbowls while playing a carnival game at the Great Northern Fair Wednesday. After a few attempts, the friends did eventually land a ball in one of the fishbowls.

The Great Northern Fair hit full steam Wednesday evening, and with it, so did the emotional ups and downs of fair season.

On the north end of the fairgrounds, half-packed rides were swinging people in circles, and attendees were trying their luck at a variety of game booths, all to the sound of country rock blasting from a ride near the 4-H Chuckwagon.

A variety of booths were serving up food - including teriyaki skewers, Rocky Mountain Hot Dogs and "the Viking" meatballs on a stick - to hundreds of people, and the beer garden was cracking open three-dollar beers for those old enough to p...

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