Couple falls for the biggest game at the fair

Couple falls for the biggest game at the fair

At the edge of the midway, where the air tastes like turkey legs, the young couple keeps kissing behind their booth: Fool the Guesser.

 

They drove here in a diesel truck, through six states, and five other carnivals. Last week, they landed at the Florida State Fair in Tampa where they erected the green-and-blue tarp and set up their giant silver scale rimmed with white bulbs. They hung shiny vampires and stuffed monkeys and the most coveted prize of all: big blow-up bananas.

 

When a teenage boy stops to check out one, the guessers put on their headsets and stroll back on stage.

 

“Ladies and gentlemen, this young man wants me to guess his weight,” the female guesser calls into her microphone. On the sidewalk, a crowd gathers. The boy shrugs. “Step right over here to my office,” she says. “Let’s have a look at you.”