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East Feliciana town goes old-school for carnival theme

A pachinko-esque game for the fair (Source: Donna Britt/WAFB) A pachinko-esque game for the fair (Source: Donna Britt/WAFB)
Simple bean bag toss board (Source: Donna Britt/WAFB) Simple bean bag toss board (Source: Donna Britt/WAFB)
Debra Thomas paints a spinning wheel in patriotic colors. (Source: Donna Britt/WAFB) Debra Thomas paints a spinning wheel in patriotic colors. (Source: Donna Britt/WAFB)
WILSON, LA (WAFB) -

It's one week away, and Wilson resident Debra Thomas are busy painting what looks to be a wheel of fortune. In red, white and blue, Wilson and her brother James Allen have slowly been constructing the games of yesteryear.

"Everybody has been asking us to bring a fair to Wilson for years. And because our space is too small for an actual carnival midway, we've not been able to do it. We got together and went online and found carnival games that we could make ourselves. And so that's what we did, got materials donated and made what we wanted."

And that's how the upcoming "Old-Fashioned Country Fair" was born! It's sponsored by the Wilson Community Youth Organization and the Wilson Community Development Cooperation.

The event will be held at the Calvin Jackson Memorial Park Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th.

WAFB's Donna Britt asked Debra how she thinks kids will react to an Old-Fashioned Fair without carnival rides, keeping in mind that these are 2015 kids with computers and cell phones.

"I think they are so far removed from the old times, they need to get outside and walk around," Thomas said, "And this is something that, if they get a taste of this and it does very well...it can be something we do every year."

Thomas says the fair will have great food from old times, like candied apples, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and popcorn. I asked who in Wilson had the machine to make Cotton Candy.

"Rashawn Price out of Clinton rents the inflatables space walk we're getting and he's letting us have the popcorn and cotton candy machines," Debra said.
I started thinking about state fairs, and asked "Will you have cooking competitions? Pie-baking?"

"No," she laughed, "but we'll have pie THROWING! Our pie-throwing booth will have all the candidates for mayor in it. And we'll have a dunking booth too, but so far, only District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla has volunteered!"

Look for a patch of rich green grass on Sycamore Street in Wilson, Louisiana. East Feliciana Parish has rolling hills, but this is a flat area. It's the "Calvin Jackson Memorial Park".

The Wilson Old-Fashioned Country Fair is Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th. Friday night cost is $4.00 time...Saturday $8..if you paid 4 bucks on Friday, then you only pay $4.

More details can be found by calling Debra Thomas 225-244-3256 or Yvonne Allen 225-328-4558

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