Today’s prompt of carnivals, brought back so many different memories, I wasn’t sure what to sketch! Also, I should note that, where the site is hosted, had a massive server issue today which took Doodlewash offline for several hours, but things should be back up and running now. So sorry for the problems, and I hope you’ll all still drop by to post your work today! As for carnivals, one of the most memorable parts for me was all the various foods that came on a stick from corn dogs to candy apples. So I decided to make a quick sketch of a couple corn dogs for today. But there are so many memories I have of carnivals, from the little school carnival games to the traveling carnivals with rides that would come through town. Also, a random memory of my sister getting her toe pierced with a dart from the balloon popping game when one glanced over and came back her direction. The rides, were equally precarious, having just been manufactured on site the night before, but perhaps that was also part of the thrill. An entire glowing scene of games, lights, and rides that seemed to magically appear overnight.

I’ve been traveling today and am now in California this evening, so I took a little break to make a doodlewash and pop in to say hello. But, while typing, I had to rush off to dinner before I could finish writing and post it, so I’m finishing it up now before heading to bed. I love being in a new place, but traveling to get there is often a little exhausting and disorienting. And though even attempting to make a post is a ridiculous thing indeed, it’s a fun challenge to still manage to sneak time in for a little doodlewash even on the busiest of days. For the record, dinner was at a lovely restaurant where none of the food came on a stick. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, as I rather enjoy corn dogs. As a kid, they were one of my favorite things to eat! As an adult, I watched a documentary on how hot dogs were made and found it hard to ever eat them again after that.

But carnival food was so fun simply because it was so incredibly rare. The carnival didn’t come to town every day, so going to one was such a memorable experience. Funnel cakes, were another strange and delicious little treat I loved to indulge in back then. I know it seems strange with all the rides and games that food would somehow hold the top spot in my memories, but that’s what I remember most.  It’s late here and even later in the time zone I came from, so I should probably cut this post a bit short. Time to head to sleep and dream of lovely memories of days gone when finding happiness was as simple as enjoying food on a stick.

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 Day 18 - Carnival Food On A Stick Corn Dogs - Doodlewash


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18 thoughts on “Food On A Stick

  1. My hands down favorite is cotton candy! The county fair here was and is still a big deal. I can close my eyes and smell the food and diesel fuel and just a titch of barn animals. Baby sitting and summer jobs were created to make money for the fair. Now I’m just a bit melancholy for those hot August days at the end of summer when the Tip Top carnival came to set up rides at the fair .

  2. In my day, they were called Pronto Pups and there were actually a string of restautrants that specialized in them. There is still at least one left near the Oregon Coast. It’s one of the places we make a point to visit once or twice a year. Of course, the pups aren’t as good as they were when I was a kid, but the memories are. Have great fun in SoCal!

  3. We have a major disagreement here (a first!)
    “And though even attempting to make a post is a ridiculous thing indeed”

    Just not so. Your daily posts make the sunshine no matter the weather.
    Your corn dogs look real enough to eat.

    Have a fun time!

  4. What a funny food a corn dog is when you think about it – but then I just saw a Twinkie wrapped with bacon being sold in a popular bagel shop. Not sure which is more appealing. Now candy apples nearly qualify as food and they’re on sticks. l do like shish-ke-bob but I don’t think corn dogs fulfill that category.

    BTW – you know I live in California, right? Just saying.

  5. What fond memories of going to the carnival. We definitely did not get to do it very often. When I was younger we lived in a small town. The schools would let out one Friday so every one could travel to Memphis, TN to go to the state fair. It was not uncommon to run into friends there. I remember one fateful day I had some how managed to step into a mud puddle and one of my shoes had thick mud on it. Naturally that is when I ran into a guy from school who wanted to ride some of the rides with me while our parents enjoyed visiting. I was so afraid he would think I was a dork for stepping into the thick mud. In reality if he wanted to go on rides with me he must not have thought I was all that bad! Ahh childhood embarrassments were not as catastrophic as we thought at the time. lol!

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