Some people go to the Queen City Exhibition for the food, others for the rides, but David Critchley goes for the games.
With his two-year-old son in his arms, Critchley said he brought him to the exhibition to keep the tradition going.
“He liked (the alligator game), he had fun,” said Critchley. “He won a red (stuffed animal), but he wanted a blue one.”
But win or lose, he said that’s the fun of it.
“If you win, you get a fun little toy, and if you don’t, then it just cost you $5,” Critchley laughed.
In the grand scheme of things, five bucks was nothing for Critchley because he brought $400 to spend on games at the exhibition.
“There’s no sense in being cheap — it’s the fair,” he said. “You’ve got to spend a little bit of money, have some fun and take your family out.”
Unlike Critchley, many other fair-goers said the games were a waste of money. However, several of those same people admitted to playing them for the sake of their kids and the overall nostalgia.
The Queen City Exhibition wraps up Sunday.