Less than one minute after New Year’s Day, we’re seeing red. For the next 1,056 hours, Valentine’s Day is forced upon us. But there is an alternative for those of us who can’t face any more red hearts, sappy sentiments or arrow-wielding cherubs.
On February 14, we celebrate Ferris Wheel Day. It’s observed on the birth date of its creator, George Washington Gale Ferris, who created a 264-foot wheel that took the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair by storm.
Ferris wheels play a significant role at fairgrounds and amusement parks. To date, the tallest standing at 550 feet in Las Vegas Nevada, is The High Roller, which opened to the public in March 2014.
In February, taking a few turns on the Ferris wheel shouldn’t be too difficult if you live in a warm climate. However, celebrating Ferris Wheel Day could prove to be more challenging for most folks. It’s not exactly the peak time of year for carnivals and fairs.
So why not host a party instead?
Create invitations with Ferris wheel motifs. Set up carnival-inspired games like tossing bouncy balls into plastic cups. Serve an array of old-fashioned carnival foods, from corn dogs to cotton candy. (You might want to include small bottles of Pepto Bismol in those party-favor bags.)
For romantics who choose to celebrate Ferris Wheel Day, grab your partner and find a wheel. It’s a popular setting for kisses, proposals and blissful rides that go around and around. You can pass me a shot of the pink stuff now.