State Fair Ride, Kansas

Photograph by Joel Sartore

A glowing top in a dizzying spin, the Remix II dazzles patrons wandering the Kansas State Fair midway after dark. Though state fairs sprang up as agricultural and educational venues, carnival rides are now must-haves. The state fair is the largest annual event in Kansas, and assistant fair manager Lori Mulch says it offers "a perfect blend of old-time favorites and new high-tech scream machines."

See more photographs from the June 2008 National Geographic magazine feature story "State Fairs."