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How can you describe a fairground?


What would you describe a fun fair?

At this point you may be wondering, how in the world will I come up with a description of a funfair? Descriptive writing can be difficult, whether you’re doing it for a hobby or for a class assignment. The best way to start getting those creative juices flowing is to identify the purpose of your writing. reasons_for_writings

Purpose Description
Creative writing If you’re in a creative writing class, want to write a novel, want to write a play, etc.
Promotion If you’re promoting a carnival on social media, on a brochure, for private parties, etc.
Professional If you want to organize, collaborate or take part in a fun fair.

  You will most likely be writing a description of a fair ground for creative writing purposes, so let’s start with some descriptive writing examples for creative writing. Take a look at some of the qualities you should describe.  

Quality Description
Characters Decide who your characters will be and what their occupation is: father, fair worker, student, etc.
Time of day What time of day will your scenes take place? Will this change the mood or the action of the fair?
Season Will the fair be seasonal? If so, which season will it be?
Type of fair Fairs come in all different shapes and sizes: Halloween-themed, children’s fair, holiday fair, etc.

  If your carnival description will be geared towards promotional material, your description will be a lot different than that of a story. You won’t need any characters or plot - you will need informational descriptions.  

Information Description
Fair audience What type of audience do you want to attract? Families, teens, adults, etc?
Times What times does the fair operate
Prices What are the prices and are there any promotions?
Dates The dates that the carnival will take place

  Finally, if you’re interested in professional descriptions of a fair, you will need different types of descriptions as well. Take a look at some examples below.  

Product Description
Collaboration You may want to collaborate with fundraisers or local businesses. This will require descriptions of benefits, promotional material, etc.
Costume design Fairs often require uniforms or costumes. You will need a description of carnival costumes.
Services Fairs require a couple of different services, such as food, rides and games. In order to engage different businesses, you will need to describe a business plan, logistics and more.
Official permits If you’re organizing a fair, you will need to describe a detailed operational plan such as number of expected attendees, days of operation, emergency plan etc.

 

What can you smell at a fairground?

If you’re interested in creative writing, this section is for you. If you find yourself having writer’s block, it might be helpful to complete some creative exercises in order to get some ideas flowing. Take inspiration from real life by thinking of your five senses: five_senses

Smell What can you smell at a fairground?
Sight What can you see at a fairground?
Taste What do you taste at a fairground?
Touch What textures do you encounter at a fairground?
Hear What can you hear at a fairground?

  As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can start to describe a carnival just by thinking of these five senses. Let’s start with the first one: what can you usually smell at a fairground?  

Food Funnel cakes, French fries, candied apples, candy, barbeque, etc.
Environment The forest, the rain, car exhaust, other people, etc.
Unexpected events Think of an event that would cause an unexpected smell at a fairground. One example: smoke from a fire.

 

What can you hear at a fair?

Let’s move on to another sense. What does one usually hear at a carnival? Let’s take a look at some of the things you might hear at a fair.  

Music You might hear the sound of carnival music, car music, music on the radio, ringtone music, etc.
People You can hear people’s laughter, conversations, yelling, announcements, etc.
Machines You can hear the creak of rides, the thumps of games, the sound of credit card machines, etc.
Services You might hear frying oil, ripping of paper and plastic, flapping of tarp, etc.

  What can make your story or promotional material more unique is to think of a word that describes an object, then think of another object that can have the same description using another sense. This is actually a literary device called synaesthesia.  

Definition Examples
Synaesthesia Describing something with a sense that is not normally attributed to it. The taste of pepper is loud. The sun is silent today.

synesthesia_example  

What are some descriptive words?

When you’re reaching to find some descriptive words, it can be helpful to first pick a scenario. For example, it will easier to write a description of a fairground at night after you decide that the night is the time of day you want to portray. Let’s take a look at some other scenarios. three_principles_story Take a look at some descriptive words for each of the above scenarios.  

Scenario Examples Descriptive Elements
Time of day Night, afternoon, day, etc. You can describe the light of the day, the heat of the sun, the freshness of the air, the coolness of the night.
Location Forest, parking lot, campus, etc. You can describe the landscape, what you see or if you can’t see anything past buildings, trees, etc. You can also describe the colours.
Activity Playing, running, eating, etc. You can describe how it feels to perform the action, how long it takes, etc.

verbs_of_carnival  

Answers
To start you off: you could think about sights, sounds, smells ...... eg the smells of chips, hot dogs etc, the loud music and maybe announcements being made. There'd probably be some screams coming from some of the big rides! There would also be snatches of conversation which you could pick up on. For sights, there would be the various rides - eg the Big Wheel. It would be a colourful scene - the painted rides, eg maybe a carousel, and people's clothes. There'd be a variety of people to see - family groups, teenagers etc. Hope this gives you a start; let me know if you'd like more help.
veronica
26 September 2011
Please could you help a bit more
coolkid13
26 September 2011
I wanted to know some descriptions to write, with the ideas you gave
coolkid13
26 September 2011
I think your descriptions could be things like, 'Looking up, I can see the huge big wheel, spinning slowly around.'. (Then you could say a bit more about what it looks like), You could then look another way and see another of the rides, say the walzer, and say about what that looks like - maybe describe a couple of teenagers who are getting on it - what are they wearing, how excited do they look?.
veronica
26 September 2011
Then you could describe sounds like this; 'I can hear snatches of conversation around me' (and then make up something - eg is a child moaning and saying they want to go on another ride, or are people talking about the food they want to buy? - just give two or three quotes. Then you could deal with the music, which rides is music coming from ? You could say about it being discordant, maybe, if it's coming from different rides, different tunes etc!
veronica
26 September 2011
Then you could talk about the smells - maybe say something like, 'I'm standing near the food stall and can smell the tempting aroma of chips' and then talk about the other food smells mixing with that. I think a good ending to your piece could be for the fairground to be closing down for the evening - maybe about how it all goes gradually quiet as people leave, the music stops, the rides stop etc, and then all is quiet.
veronica
26 September 2011
Hope this is a bit of help. Get back to me if want any more ideas!
veronica
26 September 2011
How could I start the description?
George Cole
15 December 2020
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Lorraine
14 April 2021
The smell of the cold, crisp air on a fresh winters morning; delightful. Glinting off the side of the shiny horses on the merry-go-round, were the warm rays of golden sun. A peaceful morning was soon to be disturbed. Opening the big, rusty iron gates was a small man in oversized clown clothing, a mix of bright colours and confusing patterns. His face, engulfed in a white blend of face paint like an intricate image made using chalk, a palette of vibrant tones that complemented each other, woven throughout his face, creating an excited yet scary expression.
plati
11 March 2022
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Definition Examples Other Names
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Purpose Examples
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