How to Beat Carnival Games at the Red River Ex
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Here are some tips to beat some of those carnival games that seem impossible to win.

Our favourite Carnival Game continues to be the Birthday Game since it involves NO SKILL and has HUGE prizes. Simply place money on your favourite month and roll the dice, if the dice lands on your month – you win!

Remember, the goal in the long run is to have fun and share laughs with family and friends! Winning isn’t everything, and if you find yourself spending way too much money, take a break and enjoy some mini donuts!

Shoot out the Star:
In this skill game you need to completely remove the red star using a BB gun. Very hard to beat, even for a good marksman. The trick is to shoot around the star, rather than trying to shoot out the star itself.

Complete the circle and the centre of the paper will fall away taking the red star with it. Also note that the barrels are often bent, and their marks not accurate. Within the first few shots it’s important to gauge just how far off the mark the gun shoots and adjust your aim accordingly.

Basketball Free-Throw:
You have a lot going against you in this game. The ball is over-inflated, the hoop is smaller than regulation size and often an oval shape rather than circular. The backboard is plywood making it extra bouncy. So forget about throwing a normal free-throw shot.

The key is to use a high arc. Do not try to rebound the shot off the backboard — the ball will always bounce too much. To win this game you must make a perfect swish, no backboard.

Milk Bottle Throw:
The bottles used in this carnival game are often made with leaded glasses making them very heavy.

The secret to winning the milk bottle throw is to aim at the base of the bottom two containers rather then at the intersection of all three bottles.

Ring Toss Games
In some ring toss games, the idea of the exercise is to toss a plastic ring on the top of a bottle. Naturally, the bottles in the game are set up close enough so the feat seems next to impossible. Therefore, if you don’t aim just right, the ring will bounce off an adjacent bottle.

To give yourself the extra advantage, you need to snap your wrist and give the ring as much spin as possible while you are tossing it. Putting more spin on the ring increases its stability, thereby giving you a better chance for a landing that is clean.

The Peach Basket Toss
The Peach Basket Toss at a carnival or fair involves the use of a softball and peach basket. To make sure you hit the mark, you’ll need to position yourself as close as you’re permitted to stand before the target basket. Use a bit of a backspin while gently throwing the ball.

Stand Up The Bottle
The Stand Up The Bottle game makes use of a fishing pole line with a ring on its end. Using the pole, you’re supposed to lift a bottle upright that is lying on its side. The game operator places the ring over the bottle’s neck. You’d think it would be an easy process until, of course, you begin to try it.

However, you can win at the game if you practice pushing rather than pulling the bottle up with the line. That’s because the bottles for the game are typically designed with a lighter and heavier side. Therefore, the heavier side of the bottle is the side you’re usually required to lift. If you try to pull up the bottle then, you’ll usually see the ring slip away rather than the bottle stand.

Here’s a video of carnival workers showing you how to win various games without spending so much money…


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