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Oklahoma State Fair visitors test their aim, luck on the midway

Game booths line the midway at the Oklahoma State Fair in Oklahoma City, enticing fairgoers to try their skill or luck in hopes of winning a grand prize.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN lmanwarren@opubco.com Published: September 16, 2013
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One of the lures of the Oklahoma State Fair is the chance to haul a giant, stuffed animal away from a game booth.

It's evident from the sounds of rings clanking against glass bottles, balloons popping, spraying water guns, and baseballs banging against tin and the occasional glass bottle that go nonstop at State Fair Park's midway.

For self-professed “fair junkie” Glenn Ashmore, playing the carnival games is a state fair ritual he has been doing for more than 50 years.

“I grew up in this neighborhood just north of here (fair park), so when I was a kid, I would just walk to the fair back when you could come by yourself,” said Ashmore, 62, of Oklahoma City.

“I never miss.”

Spending about $500 at the fair since it opened Thursday and winning 15 toys Saturday, Ashmore wasn't done entertaining his three grandchildren who were with him and his wife Sunday afternoon.

While his wife watched, Ashmore won another stuffed animal at a skeeball booth.

The six toys, plush and inflatable, overflowed from his wife's arms.

“I've got this skeeball game down,” Ashmore said.

As his grandchildren tugged on his shorts, Ashmore reflected on what he thinks of the state fair now.

“The state fair is looking good and much improved, and I'm really excited,” he said.

Louis Leon, 42, of Lawton, said he has been going to the state fair every year for the past 13 years.

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