In Nantes, there are two several-week-long fun fairs a year: one in the spring, and one in the fall. When I was a kid, we waited for both fairs impatiently—going there would keep us busy for several Wednesdays (in France, kids don’t go to school on Wednesday!).
As kids, we used to beg our parents to take us to the windy and dusty boulevard where the fun fair was set up. As tweens, we could usually hang out there without our parents, and it made us feel like grown-ups. We played the “dare game” and tried the fastest, highest and scariest attractions (hint: always eat cotton candy afterwards).
When I came to Ottawa, I was very surprised to see that the concept of the annual SuperEX was very different. First, ground admission isn’t free like in France—it’s actually rather pricey ($12 for adult admission and $40 for all-you-can-ride!). You don’t get much for the admission price, and I found the SuperEX to be a money-grab.
Rides aren’t cheap either in France (between €2-5 this year), but at least admission is free and you can have a good time people-watching!