Less than one minute after New Year’s Day, we are seeing red. And for the next 1,056 hours, Valentine Day is forced upon us. But there is an alternative for those who can’t face another arrow-wielding cherub, red heart, or sappy sentiment.
Ferris Wheel Day, observed annually on February 14, celebrates the birth date of its creator, George Washington Gale Ferris. Mr. Ferris 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, is The High Roller, which opened to the public in March 2014.
Taking a few turns on the ferris wheel in February shouldn’t be too difficult, if you live in a warm climate. But celebrating today could prove to be more challenging for most folks. It is not exactly the peak time of year for carnivals.
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 carnival foods, from corn dogs to cotton candy. (You might want to include small bottles of Pepto 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.