Families spellbound by interactive exhibit
by Brooke Borba | Patterson Irrigator
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Hannah Carson, 6, becomes encased in a large bubble at the Wizard's Challenge on Saturday, July 13.
Hannah Carson, 6, becomes encased in a large bubble at the Wizard's Challenge on Saturday, July 13.
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Imagine the fun with the Stanislaus County Fair’s newest exhibit Wizard’s Challenge, sponsored by Sky Trek Aviation.

Fairgoers will be launched into a medieval, fairytale setting where guests will uncover a magical, scientific world designed to entice thought provoking questions through physical attractions.

The hands-on experience is perfect for any family, regardless of age, and features an oasis of bright colors, cartoon cutouts, waterworks and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations by Clay and Elaine Everett, the creators of last year’s most sought after attraction, Rainforest Adventure.

Children will be caught in a trance as they step through man-sized bubbles, play high tech music, dance through a “wall of light,” hang from an archer’s arrows and travel through a 20-foot rotating dragon lair.

“We wanted to shake things up this year,” said Adrenna Alkhas, spokesperson for the Stanislaus County Fair. “This is something that anyone can enjoy. You are interacting with your kids and having fun, but it is educational at the same time. It’s like living in a science project.”

The 8,000 square foot attraction features a series of physical and mental challenges designed to detour a child’s boundless energy into an educational haven.

Even the directors of the Stanislaus County Fair were shocked to see the elaborate display, which garnered over a hundred visitors, young and old.

“I can’t believe Clay is able to do this every year. He is amazing,” said Ray Souza, one of the directors of the fairgrounds.

Additional events that can be found inside the sanctuary include a morphing mirror, a wall of nails, a balancing act, a giant chess set and a dexterity challenge, which closely resembles a life size game of Operation.

“It’s pretty spectacular,” said Holly Carson, who escorted her daughter, Hannah, 6, through the attraction. “I’m surprised by how much I am having fun.”

“It’s a wonderful attraction,” said Liam Williams, father of Robby Williams, 8. “It’s nice and cool in here, and the artwork is really nice. It’s a nice place for parents to play or relax.”

Michelle Lopes, 12, of Vernalis said that it was her favorite place in the fairgrounds thus far.

“I don’t want to leave,” she said. “I feel like I’m stuck in a storybook.”

Although the attraction was meant for kids, adults wandered their way in, and often stopped to play with the bubbles, play chess or enjoy the refreshing waterfall in the walkway.

“I may be a little too old to be in this area,” admitted Sandra Martinez, 38, “But it’s nice to see everyone smiling and having a good time. Someone put a lot of effort into this thing.”

Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24, or brooke@pattersonirrigator.com

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