LEAGUE CITY — Riley Richard, 3, rode a Ferris wheel for the first time Saturday afternoon at the League City Village Fair at Walter Hall Park.
A quick glance at Riley and one could tell she’d been having a great time. Donning rainbow-colored sunglasses, a lei of bright flowers and a pink feather bracelet, she and her mother walked through the carnival. Riley won a blowup dolphin, too, but it had already been lost.
“We’ve had a good day,” said Riley’s mother, 42-year-old Allison Couch.
This is the first year Couch, who lives in Clear Lake, has attended the fair. She heard about the weekend event from her brother, who remembers attending when he was younger years ago.
She said she’s happy with what the fair offers.
“It’s a good bang for your buck,” she said. “There are lots of things to see.”
Couch said she already plans to attend the fair next year.
For Ronnie Stevens, the fair is a yearly event.
He’s been coming to the Village Fair since he moved to League City in 2003.
He started coming to the fair with his wife before they had children for the live music. Now as a father, he said he can still enjoy the bands in a family friendly atmosphere.
“There’s a lot of stuff for kids to do,” he said. “There’s really something for the entire family.”
While his children were playing in a grassy area near the stage, Stevens sat on a blanket in the sun and said he appreciates the small-town charm as it reminds him of his hometown in Port St. Joe, Fla.
“Everybody is friendly,” he said. “You got the smell in the air, the cotton candy, the live music, it’s just good fun.”
Even though it was only midafternoon, fair chairman Greg Gripon said he was already happy with the turn out.
With the new layout of the fair in the park, the resurgence of the old time fair theme and a lower entrance fee of $10, Gripon said he’d gotten a lot of positive feed back.
“People are having fun, enjoying themselves. It’s a great time,” he said.