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What Games Do You See at a Fair or Carnival

There are many fair and carnival games that are popular. They are usually a “pay per play” basis and are broken down into a few categories:

  • Skill
  • Chance
  • Kiddie

SKILL – these games would test the players aim at hitting a target with something, like a ball or a ring or a pellet.

  • Ring Toss – where players throw rings onto bottles or pegs to win prizes.
  • Balloon Darts – where players throw darts at balloons to pop them and win a prize.
  • Basketball Shootout – where players shoot a basketball into a hoop to win prizes.
  • Milk Bottle Toss – where players try to knock over a stack of milk bottles with a ball to win prizes.
  • High Striker – where players use a mallet to hit a target and ring a bell to win a prize.

CHANCE – these games involve some kind of randomizing event, like something with dice or spinning wheels. Everyone has the same chance of winning a prize.

  • Spin a Winner – players spin a wheel and win the prize that it lands on.
  • Gone Fishin’ – players pick an object at random which reveals a prize.
  • Dime Pitch – toss a coin onto a plate or board.
  • Whack-a-Mole – where players use a mallet to hit toy moles as they pop up.

KIDDIE – where little kids can win something every time.

  • Duck Pond – where players pick up ducks with numbers on them and win a prize based on the number.
  • Lucky Dip – where players pick a mystery prize out of a container without knowing what it is.
  • Fishing Game – where players try to catch fish with magnetic poles to win prizes.

These are just a few examples, and there are many other fair games that are popular and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

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