All the bigger rides were located in the back right corner of the grounds, and many other UT students were already there waiting in lines to get their thrills in for the night. The group wanted to ride everything, but some weren't into that idea.
"I like riding rides, but not the big ones that loop you all around and throw you upside down constantly," said Morgan Jeffries, a 20 year-old majoring in supply chain management. (pictured in right photo, farthest right). "I really wanted to come because it reminded me of The Mid-South Fair I used to go to back home in Memphis and I wanted to do something before I have to start studying for my finance exam."
"I like hanging out with my friends and going to different places," said Henry Iduoze. He is 19 years-old and a mechanical engineering major. "Everyone knows about all these events in Knoxville, I didn't know the fair was in town until someone told me. I feel like I do a lot more when I'm with a group."
The group found ways to pass the time while waiting in the lines. Some scrolled their phones, some people watched and others posted on their social media.
Allison Nicole is a communication studies major and is 24 years-old. She has been vlogging for a few years now and decided to use the night out as a part of one of her upcoming videos. "It's just a day to day thing I do," she said. "I show people what I do throughout the week and I get great feedback. People will love to see the fair, the food, the atmosphere and all the rides we rode."
The highlight of the night was not the rides but the food. After 3 and 1/2 hours of riding rides the group spent the last minutes of Friday stopping by booths and eating delicacies you can only find at the fair. A few left with frozen chocolate covered bananas and caramel apples all saved for later in the coming week.