Kid’s-eye view of Misquamicut Fallfest: rides, games, prizes

Kid’s-eye view of Misquamicut Fallfest: rides, games, prizes

The Westerly Sun

WESTERLY — Mikayla Clark squealed as she rode on the Ferris wheel Saturday at Misquamicut Fallfest.

The ride — a carbon copy of the Ferris wheel from “Grease,” the 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John — was the perfect vehicle for the 4-year-old to get a good view of the beach.

“I liked going on it because I saw the ocean,” said Mikayla, holding tightly to a stuffed flower she won playing one of the carnival games. The best part of Fallfest for her: “Getting lots of prizes.”

The second of the three-day Fallfest offered a classic and electric car show, food, arts and crafts and commercial vendors, and a Billy Gilman performance in the evening.

But for the dozens of children who attended the seventh-annual beachside affair, the headliners were the game booths and rides.

“For me, I just thought it would be fun,” Ben Eaton, 8, said. “I’m here with my friend and we’re just doing the games and the rides. Winning the prizes is the best.”

Added friend Luca Magliari, 8: “You always try to win a prize. If you don’t, you can try again. It’s good practice.”

The boys spent a couple of hours Saturday racking up wins before heading to baseball practice, arms full of toys and stuffed animals.

Extending season

“We’ve had perfect weather,” Caswell Cooke Jr., the executive director of the Misquamicut Business Association, said. “It’s nice to have three forecasted days of nice weather. Fallfest is our way of extending the season.”

For Timothy Matera, 6, Fallfest was a way to help out. The youngster, under adult supervision, helped man the gate at the Ferris wheel.

“I close the gate and let people in,” Timothy said. “There are a lot of people who want to ride. It’s kind of fun.”

Fallfest wraps up today at Misquamicut State Beach and will feature an Antique Fire Truck Muster, where fire trucks will be on display and crews will participate in pumping events.

“In the 1800s, crews had to pump by hand,” Cooke said. “We’ll have participants compete to see how far they can shoot the water cannons. It’s something new to Fallfest and should be great.”

Natalia Lupinacci, 7, ended her Fallfest experience with a prize: a stuffed puppy. “I had fun hanging out with my friend,” Natalia said of her favorite part of the day. “But let’s talk about my favorite animal — it’s dogs”


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