Usually, the Fort Bragg Fair doesn’t need to do much convincing to build up an audience, but they always know how to make each experience fun and unique.
“You can’t stop the change, any more than you can stop the suns from setting.” — Shmi Skywalker.
Often military lives are full of change. The only constant is change. Fighting against it is futile, all you can do is to enjoy the ride. This week military members and their families had the opportunity to do this both literally and figuratively, at the Fort Bragg Fair.
With Cinco De Mayo the following day, Star Wars fans throughout Fort Bragg gathered to attend the fair for Star Wars Day — “May the Fourth Be With You.” Even workers of the Fort Bragg Fair proudly showed their allegiance to the Star Wars fandom.
Usually going to the fair is costly. You wait in line to get in. You pay your admittance fee and step inside, only to get in yet another line. You wait and buy your tickets appropriate for your family size. Now you can finally wait in line to actually have fun and ride the rides.
The MWR Event Coordinator, Rhett Stroupe has high standards for the Fort Bragg Fair. A good example can be seen in the admittance fee. Normally the Fort Bragg Fair is $14 for civilians and $12 for the military. On Star Wars day for participating guests, it was $9. This price covers the cost of unlimited rides the entire evening.
Star Wars Day was no different. Rhett Stroupe stood at the entrance greeting customers in full Star Wars gear. Other staff members were dressed up as various characters of Star Wars as well. Children and adults alike seemed to greatly enjoy the themed event. For family members raised on Star Wars, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a fair, with some of their Star Wars heroes and other fans.
Children waltzed around with their Yoda shirts, or full-on flight suits, ready for battle with the dark side at any moment. The only combat they found were with rubber duckies in the water, obstacle inflatables, or gravity on the rides.
Star Wars is full of examples of odd couples such as Chewy and Hans Solo. Star Wars Day and the Fort Bragg Fair might seem to be yet another odd couple, but fairgoers seemed to enjoy it just the same.