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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Neon Carnival Scoot

Friday night was perfect for a night ride on the C3. I started out by doing a loop around the mall and as I rounded the corner I saw a rush of colored neon lights ablaze!

Music, bells clanging, and the smells of popcorn, hot dogs, cotton candy, and funnel cakes drifted on the night air!

What a cute little carnival! It was a bright, clean, happy, little oasis of color in the darkness of the spring night.

I learned that this is a traveling carnival owned by a family out of Cincinnati, the Greins, and that they travel throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky 6 months out of the year.

There was a "hiring" sign in the window of the funnel cake shop and it said, "Must be 18 to travel".

Where do I sign up? Must be an interesting life being on the road with a carnival!

The food menu was pretty complete with carnival fare of corn dogs, polish sausage, elephant ears, funnel cakes, snow cones, hot pretzels, you name it!

There were kiddie rides like the twirling bears...

The dancing alligators...

There were games too! Pop the balloon, go fish, horse racing, and ball toss...

I won a prize by popping two small balloons: Meet "Banana Mon"!

This ride was called the "Cyclone"...

Here's a rockin' good time...

A little Ferris wheel...

A pretty little carousel. The operator told me that this carousel was from 1929 and the horses were each hand-painted in 1959. He has been with the family carnival for several years and loves it!

I parked under this spinning wheel of neon...

Behind me was the slippy slide...

Just a heck of a fun time on a warm spring night! I went twice. Once with my partner to stalk out funnel cakes and then on the scoot to take some night photos.

I guess there is a reason the C3 is called a "Giggle" in Europe!

It sure brings a smile to my face every time I ride it! :=)

I spent 3 days over Memorial Day weekend just tooting around on the C3, doing spontaneous rides morning, noon, and night.

I had a blast and have re-discovered "scooter love" because of this little Hoot of a scooter!


  1. Very nice article, love how you told a story about each ride, foods, and games.The pictures are also Wonderful:) Thank you for taking the time to stop over at our Carnival:) Rhonda Grein/Funtime Carnival

    1. I had a ball! It reminded me of my childhood when the carnival came to Fort Knox every summer and we would go down and sit in lawn chairs and watch the fireworks for the 4th of July!

      You all must live a wonderful life bringing so much joy to so many people!

      Safe travels to you all!

    2. That's pretty cool that the owner took the time to contact you. Thanks Deb for sharing your little adventure with us.

  2. Deb:

    I don't remember the last time a Circus rolled into town. We have a permanent Playland which is open for about half a year during the summer

    lots of rides but I don't think much food until the annual fair arrives near the end of August

    But I haven't gone there for years. You cannot ride your scooter/car on the grounds. You have to pay for parking and then walk around

    It was nice that you managed to pose your C3 for a photo

    Riding the Wet Coast

    1. This was behind the mall across the street from where I live!

  3. Deb,

    So glad that you had an awesome scoot adventure! So was the other scoot pining for you in the garage? Still love the C3. Carnival season is just getting started here and we should have one in my city next weekend.

  4. Nice nighttime photos! And what a fun ride. Night rides. I never did ride at night. When I was in rural Wisconsin it just didn't feel smart to ride my Metropolitan at night on roads in wooded areas. But night in the city would be fun.

    1. So whattaya waiting for? Get out and ride that little Met around town!

      No, I did not ride in the country either as a rule due to deer, owls, coyotes, bats, and the like roaming around as well.

      One time I rode during a full moon down to my neighbor's house when I was dog sitting for her.

      Beautiful experience!

    2. I sold my scooter to a neighbor this Spring. It will get lots of use and new adventures when they go camping. He's happy, I'm happy. My scooter interest will begin to fade as I move on to another place and many more challenges.

  5. I always thought the C3 would be a great scoot, and you are totally confirming my suspicions. Ride on!

    1. I have to say that I don't know what possessed me to want to learn more about this scooter and eventually own one. It just evolved out of the blue.

      I remembered only seeing it once at a Yamaha dealer when it first came out in 2007 and then I just gazed past it, thinking it was weird looking. Never gave it a thought.

      But man oh man is it a gem! Most fun to ride of all the scoots I've ridden so far and fast and peppy for a 49cc.

      It really is likely the most sophisticated and fast little scoot out today. Shame Yamaha discontinued it.

      I see them selling for cheap on Craigslist with hardly any mileage on them and I realize that these owners have no idea what a gem of a scooter they are passing up.

      It blows the Met and Ruckus out of the water for performance!

      I say to anyone who will listen, "Go get one!"

      End of sales pitch! :=)

    2. Keith and Deb - you should look into the new Hero RNT concept. Its a Diesel scooter with 2 wheel drive which is designed to go anywhere and do anything. If the zombie's ever do take over, this is the scoot you would want. :P

    3. You mean the "zombies" aren't in charge? I thought they were! LOL

      Sounds like a "Hummer Scoot"!

  6. Loving all the bright colors of these pics. What a lovely night.

    Hmmm and what is the mystery prize you won? Oh the suspense.

    1. Oh, you're right! I forgot! I need to get that posted here asap!

    2. I have a feeling that will become your riding companion.

    3. He did ride around with me the rest of the night! Right now he is guarding the "scooter lair".