NO! I went to the Ozark Empire Fair last week. The Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Missouri was one of the sponsors for the fair that happens each summer in Springfield, Missouri. We had a display there all 10 days of the fair. Each day one of the many sponsors was highlighted, our day we not only had our main display, we had an anchor toss, challenging fair goers to toss an “anchor” into one of three ship stacks, the anchors were cute, little faux anchors that would be tossed into ship stack about the size of buckets. Then we featured the Titanic Trivia Game, this game is fashioned after the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” trivia game made famous by Master M.C. and Show Host, Regis Philbin. A bit of trivia about this extraordinary television show, our co-owner and founder of our museums, Mary Kellogg -Joslyn, executive produced and developed this show for television.
I stray, I stray…..we also had our life size, wall to wall, coloring wall, depicting the boarding scene from the Titanic movie, coloring book style, for all to color each day, kids and adults love this and we played Michelangelo all week with this display. We had a contest to win the “Titanic-opoly” board game, fashioned after the “classic” Monopoly game only with a Titanic inspired theme. Many hours went into the development of this game by our very own staff at the museum. By guessing the number of life savers in a large bell jar, you might be the lucky winner of this new game offered at our Titanic Museums gift shops in both locations, Branson, Missouri and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Each year this fair is held in August, always the steamiest time of the summer. This year was breaking number temps but lucky us, we were located in the Expo Center that is located on the fair grounds. Many vendors and displays were available for the public in the “E” plex, as it is called, along with entertainment throughout the day and evening.
Outside on the Mid-Way were the food vendors with every imaginable fair treat, a host of amusement park rides and games of skill. It was so hot however; these outdoor thrills were delayed in opening every day till 4:00 p.m., that’s how hot it was. Every day accept for “Free Ride Day”, and then the rides were available between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Needless to say, we were busy inside the E plex that day, where my duties not only as a maid but a nurse were tested. Lots of heat exhaustion, sun stroke, and general distress due to the excessive temperatures.
My favorite was the livestock displays; I braved the heat on a few days to observe the shows in the arena, watching the pride of Missouri ushered into the arena to be judged. Beautiful cattle, amazing horses, goats, sheep, hogs, chickens, you name it. I made sure to tour the barns and give encouragement to both the humans and the livestock to be sure.
Also during the day and the evening at the Grande Stand fair goers not only enjoyed musical concerts by name acts like, “Three Dog Night”, and “Smashbox”, but they were stunned by the roar of tractor and truck pulls.
Officers Jeremy, Larry, Charlie, Karen, Cara, Kristina and myself worked hard to spread the news about upcoming events at our Titanic Museum and everyone was quick to send sweet wishes to our darling mascots, Molly and Carter, two King Charles Spaniels that have stole the hearts of thousands that have seen them in print, television, and in person. They were missed, but too hot for my darlings; you will have to come to the museum to see these two princesses.
I served as elementary/kindergarten teacher most of the week. Nurse and Nanny as well. I loved it, I’m so happy the children were happy to meet me. One thing that I am concerned with, many of the children who wanted to register for the Titanico-poly game, in fact the majority I talked to, had trouble writing their name on the register form, and most could not fill out there address. They either did not know their address, or they simply could not physically write this information………
I made a game of it, got their parent or guardian to help of course, maybe they were just shy. All I am saying is that is a problem that should be addressed. All children before entering school should be drilled in the basics of how to write their name, and to know their contact information, for safety sake if nothing else. These were not babies, most were between the ages of 6 and 12 that were having these difficulties. Parents, Teachers, I don’t mean to scold, but I am. Please teach your children these basics, or send them to me at the Titanic Museum Attraction and I will.
First Class Maid, Jaynee