As someone who's attended every single Salmon Festival for the last 20 years, I've sadly witnessed an unmistakeable steady decline in the overall quality of the event.
For almost the same reason teachers can't give their students hugs anymore, there's now, due to apprehension about public safety, no rides, no bingo, no beer-garden by the baseball diamond, no nothing.
The audacity to charge money for the pile of inflatable crap they call carnival rides is idiotic and disreputable.
I brought family friends from Lebanon, and I felt embarrassed.
They have better rides at Burger King.
I always enjoyed the Armenian Coptic church's Gyro food stand, but even that was gone.
They sold tickets for rides on one side of the community centre that weren't recognized on the other; it was like North and South Korea.
This is the fourth year that I've been offended by the nuisance of the Falun Dafa handing out brochures with grotesque pictures of them being tortured in China.
We don't need to see that at a family event.