Tulsa State Fair Day 8: learning how to effectively beat carnival games and taking home prizes

TULSA - The Tulsa State Fair has many attractions from rides to food, but thousands of people who attend each year attempt to bring home memories in the form of prizes and stuffed animals.

However, many fall short of winning prizes due to the way the games are constructed and tweaks organizers make in order to make each game more difficult.

For starters, the idea behind every game is to turn a profit. Games are designed to appear effortless, but once a customer begins to participate they quickly learn it is much harder than it looks.

Next, each vendor trains at their respective games to bait customers into giving the challenge a try. However, many vendors are chosen based on their specialties to oversee as well as play the games.

Below are a few tips to consider for the next time you hope to win the big prize at the fair.

Shoot out the Star:

The objective is to use a small BB gun to shoot out the middle of a paper target or star. The trick is to shoot around the star rather than shooting out the star itself to help rid the inside of the paper target as opposed to only the target.

Stand the Bottle: 

One must use a fishing poll with a small ring attached at the end of a line to stand a glass bottle upright. The idea is to use the weight of the bottle pushing it to it's base rather than guiding it. 

Basketball free-throw:

When playing basketball free-throw at a fair or carnival participants are usually at a disadvantage. Often balls are over-inflated, backboards are made of plywood, and rims are oval shaped instead of circular. The trick is to arc the ball high in order make a perfect swish. If the participant hits any part of the rim or backboard area first the shot is unlikely to go in. 

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