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Middle-schoolers rate the best rides at Alaska State Fair

Kalvin Maher, Haley Hight and Gabe Fish are strapped into Golden Wheel Amusement's 1001 Nachts ride at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer Friday afternoon. This ride is No. 3 on their list of exciting fair rides because of its fast drop and that it gets above the ground.

Everyone has a favorite part of the Alaska State Fair. But if you’re in middle school or younger, chances are your favorite part are the Golden Wheel Amusement rides.

Although the Frontiersman staff is completely void of middle-school students, Gabe Fish, son of reporter Andrew Wellner, stepped up to help us rank the best, most stomach-churning rides at the fair. And he brought along a pair of thrill-seeking young friends — Haley Hight and Kalvin Maher — to help.

No. 1 came easy for the three. They all agreed it was the best ride, but there were some close calls down the list. All three kids described every ride on the list as “awesome.”

Some rides — Astro Liner, Wacky Worm, we’re looking at you — didn’t make the list, but only just barely.

‘Universe Within’ on display at Alaska State Fair

Todd Rinaldi looks at a body that has been cut in half at the ‘Our Body Within’ exhibit at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer Wednesday afternoon. The exhibit will stay at the Sheldon Arts Building for an additional week after the fair closes for school group tours.

PALMER — Whatever else it is, the “Our Body: The Universe Within” exhibit at the Alaska State Fair is not something one sees every day.

One display is of a man drawing back an arrow notched into a bowstring. Another has a man riding a bicycle. A third is a man cut in half, head to toe. None of them are wearing their skin and all are real, preserved human bodies.

Organizers say the experience is educational, shows the way the body works in the real world and how diseases affect it.

There is a display of blackened lungs from a smoker. The man cut in half is actually a demonstration of the digestive tract, allowing visitors to see how food enters and exits the body.

“Unlike models that idealize the body through the eyes of an artist, the specimens in this exhibition show the body and its parts as they really exist,” states a list of questions and answers prepared for the exhibit.

In brief conversations at Our Body Wednesday, visitors seemed to be there …

<p>Chuck Legge is a freelance cartoonist. The opinions expressed in his cartoons are not necessarily those of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, its staff or parent company Wick Communications Co.</p>

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Colony Middle School students Kalvin Maher, Haley Hight and Gabe Fish pick their top six rides on the Midway at the Alaska State Fair.

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<p>Ethan Wilhelm and his dog Bootsy perform Frisbee tricks for the crowd during Wednesday's ‘Canine Stars’ show at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.</p>

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