The stalls around the edges of the rides offer cheap tat as prizes and still tilt the odds in the favour of the stall holders. A few years ago the prospect of winning a water pistol with a life span of less than 12 minutes and a cuddly toy, stuffed with some form of industrial waste seemed attractive to my kids - but not so much now.
Although they did seem attractive to me.
I can see why clowns weird out some people - the open face of this one reminds on the open mouthed scream that were used by the "pod people" in the Invasion of the Body Snatchers!
And some of the soft toys are just a little to strange to become favourites!