Here’s an illustration I did on carnival games for the August issue of Indianapolis Monthly. Of course, I had to include my favorite game: the fur-trimmed obnoxious-faced characters you try (and fail) to hit with beanbags. I actually just realized that the fur is to make the target appear larger than it is, and not just for “cuteness appeal”.
While researching the subject of this assignment, I came across countless websites about how to beat carnival games. There really is nothing better than winning a giant stuffed panda filled with styrofoam pellets. Why is that? The guy that walks around carrying the big stuffed bear on his shoulders is really like the Master of The Universe for at least for a day. He beat the odds! The best thing I ever won at a carnival game happened in the 80′s. It was a mirror with a painted scene on it – some band logo I can’t exactly remember -probably Def Leppard or Toto. I wish I still had it.