Lin Sanders picks her prize at the midway’s balloon-popping booth of the Teton County Fair on July 30. (Angus M. Thuermer Jr./WyoFile)

Lin Sanders knows how to get the better of a carney.

Millions have been lured by the vibrant colors, flashing lights, stuffed toys and prizes at the midway booths of the local county fair.

No problem knocking down the three milk bottles with a baseball. Anybody could toss a ring over one of 100 soda bottles. Certainly the basketball will go into the hoop the way it has dozens of times on a regulation court.

But how many people have walked away without the big, stuffed bear? How many knew the milk bottles were made from virtually immovable lead, or that the basketball hoop is just a bit smaller than normal?

Sanders took on the dart-balloon challenge at the Teton County Fair on July 30 and persevered. She overcame dull darts and flaccid balloons to win a prize. Her secret?

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It was ladies’ night when all women got to choose a small, stuffed toy, regardless of their success in popping balloons. Here she makes her pick — a small green snake.

Angus M. Thuermer Jr. is the natural resources reporter for WyoFile. He is a veteran Wyoming reporter and editor with more than 35 years experience in Wyoming. Contact him at or (307)...

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