To me, August means one thing - fair season! I love walking around and seeing all the exhibits, eating all the amazing food, and enjoying all the rides. This past week we went to the opening night of the McLean County Fair for some good ole fashioned family fun. After checking out the animals and getting a corn dog, it was time for some rides! As we made our way to the Tilt-a-Whirl (my favorite ride!), Lauren spotted a gigantic blown up tiger slide. I watched as children climbed up his paw made out of inflated stairs with a rope handrail. One by one the children disappeared behind the tiger’s gigantic head only to slide down his tongue and out his mouth. Lauren was enamored and just HAD to try it.
I have nothing against blow up rides - our Office Manager Sam even had a blow up bounce house for her birthday one year! However, this ride was different. Not because it was scary or unsafe, but because at the base of this tiger’s big mouth was a pile of little kids’ shoes. All the children were instructed to remove their shoes before entering the ride. Yikes!
All these children were shoeless, some even barefoot, and all I could thing about was fungus! All it takes is one child who has a little athlete’s foot or toenail fungus to pass it on to any other child that takes part in this activity. Fungus is VERY contagious and likes to hide in warm, moist places...so sweaty kid feet are very attractive.
Needless to say, I didn’t let LJ go down the slide, and while there were a few tears, in the end a little cotton candy and a ride in the mini Farris Wheel turned the night back around.
If you did happen to let your child go down the slide and are concerned about potential fungus, give us a call at 309.661.9975!