The end of August brought the annual Hibiscus Festival to our Suva doorsteps and as usual although it’s not as grand as carnivals overseas it was grand enough for our shores.
People turned out in droves to watch the entertainment, follow the beautiful Miss Hibiscus contestants, eat till they dropped, ride the Ferris Wheels and one of the most daring of rides Fiji has to offer so far…a localised version of the Octopus (and may I add here, everyone calls the damn thing the Octopus)
“Let’s go Mum, let’s jump on the Octopus, the dreaded ride guaranteed to make a man scream his heart out” my Master 10 told me so confidently, with a twist of a pirate accent (where that came from I have no idea).
Sure I told him…after all I have been called the Queen of Roller coasters in my family due to my addiction with the fantastic blood pumping rides. The more twists and falls and the higher they come I will gladly jump on and have been known to waste an entire day riding the same rollercoaster if given the opportunity.
Alas Fiji is no where near that stage yet and the thrill of riding the “dreaded Octopus” or a ride similar to the Mad Hatters Tea Cup ride (where you spin back and forth on a cup like carriage) or the most recent addition to Hibiscus “the Cages” is still the average thrill seekers MUST DO at any Hibiscus Festival.
10 minutes later Master 10 was certainly screaming his head off and amongst my yells off “WOOT WOOT!!” and “let’s do this again Lone”…Master 10 could be heard screaming “OMG I’m going to be sick!” and “tell them to stop it Mum!”
Even when the ride had stopped at the top to offload other thrill seekers, his yelling could still be heard amongst the other ‘screamers’ LOL
I then asked him, “Ferris Wheel then is it”. The green face looking at me when we hopped off said it all…we never did go on anys Ferris Wheel after that and when Master 10 was able to breath properly once again he gorged himself with Fairy Floss instead…
And so another Hibiscus went by with hundreds buying, riding, eating, screaming, laughing, dancing and being joyous…
The following shots were taken as night fell at the grounds…hope you enjoy them…