With "Fall Festivals" coming up in October, as well as some local fairs, I thought it might be helpful to post some advice on how to outwit those tricky "carnies" and their difficult games. The two in particular that I find most frustrating are the balloon dart throw and the milk bottle throw (both of which seem remarkably easy, and yet I don't think I've ever won anything of any value). I found some helpful advice concerning these two games on the interweb:
Balloon Dart Throw
"The balloons are under-inflated, and the dart tips are dull. Forget accuracy and throw the dart as hard as you can. Most people aim for the middle, so the game operators will often hide the "good prize" tags behind balloons on the outside edges."
Milk Bottle Throw:
"The bottles used in this carnival game are often made with leaded glasses making them very heavy.
The secret to winning the milk bottle throw is to aim at the base of the bottom two containers rather then at the intersection of all three bottles."