When the carnival was in town it was a treat for all and sundry.
Most of the locals had some part to play in the carnivals success.
Kelly Vandersmith was the balloon lady.
It took her all year to source the balloons for the next year. She was passionate about balloons. No balloon was too small and none were considered too big though Archie Jarrison’s suggestion of a floating real life size dirigible was a little excessive in most people’s eyes.
It was a common sight to see Kelly walking the aisles of the carnival holding out her always-impressive array of balloons and selling them as one would hot cakes. The thing was she only bought so many and once sold out there were no more. So from the moment of her arrival on the fair grounds her balloons were eagerly sought.
A lot of folk suggested she buy more each year but Kelly staunchly stuck to her quote and her mantra: First in best dressed.