Geddes (WSYR-TV) -- Kids boasting giant stuffed animals they won at a game by the Midway is a classic sight at the Fair, but many people are convinced the games are rigged so most of us can’t win.
Debbi Bowshier has been working fairs for more than 30 years. She says she never likes to see kids lose and often hands over extra darts for a second chance at a prize.
“The fair is to make sure the kids are happy. Where else can you go and play all day and get paid to work? It's long hours, but we get paid to have fun,” Bowshier said.
Others working the games say they don't like to end the Fair with too many stuffed animals left.
“It’s easier on me when we tear down. It’s less work I have to do when it’s not here, you know, of course I want you to win,” said another games attendant at the Fair, Corey Castleberry.
Castleberry says he's always dispelling pessimists who believe his game is rigged.
“There’s no tricks…It's just, you got to know what to do and how to do it. That's all it is. I didn't know how to do this when I first jumped in, but the more you play with it the better you get,” Castleberry said.
He even turned the game around to prove it's not easier from his side, which is a common myth.
The games that are completely rigged, we actually found to be in your favor and there really are some games where kids always win.