Write a piece about a typically “local” experience from where you come from as though it’s an entry in a travel guide.
My hometown, Copperas Cove, is know as the “City of Five Hills.” The city is surrounded by five hills. I guess that one is pretty self explanatory. Every year the community throws a carnival around the third weekend of May. They call it the Rabbit Fest, except for the year or two where they called it the “Festival of Five Hills.” Attending the Rabbit Fest, you can look at the various vendor’s booths, see stage shows and demonstrations, or just enjoy the carnival rides. It is not quite what it used to be for me, but it can still be fun for someone else.
The vendor’s booths are set up on the West side of City Park. They are packed into a few small rows. The vendor’s offer many items. If you want food or drinks, you can get a gigantic turkey leg and an over-sized cup of lemonade. If you want nice customized jewelry, there are plenty of vendors for that as well. The number of booths has slowed dwindled over the years. I go every year in hopes that I can find the “Grab Bag” booth. Nothing beats a whole bunch of random stuff for a dollar.
When you are finished roaming the vendor shops, and have purchased your turkey leg and lemonade, you should stop by the stage located right next to the booths. There are dance demonstrations with cloggers. Local martial arts studios showcase their students’ skills. Local music acts come and perform at night. A time can be had by everyone. When I was a child, they used to do Old West reenactments on the other side of the park, complete with loud guns, horses, and a damsel in distress. These shows were always fun to watch.
If the previous ideas do not strike your fancy, maybe you should mosey on over to the carnival rides. With names like the Zipper, Gravitron, and the Himalayas, these rides sound like they should be intense. They are fun. The Zipper twirls you around while it twirls itself around causing a lot of upside down swinging. I lost my keys on that ride once. The Gravitron used to scare me as a kid. I did not know what it was. I went in there for the first time, and it was a blast. The outer shell spins around fast and you stick to the wall while the wall spins as well. The Himalayas was not a very cold ride. It consisted of a bunch of cars lined up right behind each other creating a large misshapen ring. The cars would start moving and a song would start playing. The cars move faster and faster…then they stop and reverse going to faster…..and then the ride is done. I enjoyed this ride quite a bit because it seemed to last a lot longer. There were other rides as well, but I will not ruin all of (hopefully) surprises.
The Rabbit Fest, while not what it once was, is still a great event for the community of Copperas Cove to enjoy. With vendor booths, stage shows, and carnival rides, it has plenty to offer to people of all ages. I may not enjoy it as much now that I am older and some of the things I enjoyed are not there anymore, but to someone that is not from the area, this could be a great way to spend a weekend.