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  • Bella Archer and Sofia Smith

PBA students enjoy a night out at the fair

The South Florida Fair lights up at night . Photo courtesy: Sofia Smith

 In a world that often moves at quick speeds, there exists a timeless escape, a place where laughter echoes through the air, and joy becomes an immediate emotion when entering the enchanting realm of the South Florida Fair. With its kaleidoscope of colors, a large variety of whimsical rides and the scent of cotton candy and popcorn lingering in the breeze, the fair is not just an event that happens once a year, but a celebration of the purest form of human connection.

Palm Beach Atlantic students receive a special deal every year featuring discounted admission to all the rides at the South Florida Fair which will be running from Jan. 12 to Jan 28. 

PBA student, Hope Mcnalley, had a great experience

 “I love going to the fair every year with my friends. Taking pictures on the ferris wheel is my favorite part,” said Mcnalley. 

As the sun dips below the horizon, the fairgrounds come alive with a vibrant tapestry of lights, each detail, a testament to the wonder that awaits. A carousel spins gracefully, painted horses rising and falling in a mesmerizing dance. While the Ferris wheel towers over the landscape, offering a view that extends beyond the physical bounds of the fairgrounds. PBA students can take their families and friends to the South Florida Fair over a long weekend. 

The heart of the fair lies not only in its rides and attractions but in the shared laughter that permeate the atmosphere. Families and friends hand in hand, navigate the bustling pathways, weaving through the diverse array of stalls and games that hold promises of prizes.

The culinary aspect of the fair adds to the adventurous atmosphere for the guests. The aroma of freshly popped popcorn, the sizzle of corn dogs in hot oil,  sugary funnel cakes and fried oreos create a symphony for sweetness. Floridians gather at communal tables, sharing bites and stories, their taste buds embarking on a journey that mirrors the diverse offerings of the fair itself.

An international student, Ana Luisa, shared her insight and time at the fair. 

The welcoming environment of the fair was also fueled by music. The entrance welcomed guests with bright smiles and pop music, whilst the rides included thrilling rock music

 “The fair had a lot more activities and attractions than I was expecting. I really liked how all the rides had playlists. It made it more enjoyable,” said Luisa.

The fair has become a community of life's highs and lows. The thrilling drop of a roller coaster ride, the shared victory of winning a prized stuffed animal, and the quiet moments of reflection on a slow-spinning Ferris wheel all weave together to form a combination of emotions that resonate with the human experience.

The fair is a vibrant thread, weaving together the stories of those who embrace its magic, a testament to the enduring power of connection and the unbridled joy that springs forth when shared with loved ones.

By Bella Archer and Sofia Smith

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