Paper: Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN)
Title: YOUR MAP TO THE STATE FAIR - A DAILY SPECIAL PULLOUT - Thursday, August 28, 2003
 Date: August 28, 2003
Section: SPECIAL
Page: 1S

[Note: This brief article was published in the Star Tribune’s daily guide to the Minnesota State Fair.]

 


A FAIRLY GOOD STORY
By Randy Wedin, Wayzata
     


Five years ago, my four sons and I discovered the Marble Maze game. It looks like the easiest game on the midway.

 

You pull back on a spring-loaded plunger, shoot a marble to the top of a vertical maze, and watch it bounce down. Then you simply catch the marble in a little cup when it emerges from one of 12 chutes at the bottom. Catch two out of three marbles, and you're a winner.

It looks easy, but it isn't. If you react too quickly as the marble zig-zags down the maze, you'll move your cup too much and overshoot the mark. If you react too slowly, you'll undershoot. If you try to figure it out logically (that's what I did), your chances are even worse. In order to win, you have    to let go of expectations and trust your intuition.

Each of us tried the game that year, but there was only one consistent winner -- my youngest son, 5-year-old Ben.

Every year since then, Ben has been coaching us, and we're gradually learning to play the game with the innocence and intuition of a child. Maybe I'll finally win a prize this year.