Local creative groups are building midway games for an adults-only haven set to debut during this year's Columbus Arts Festival.
After perusing arts and crafts from across the country, you'll be able to throw darts, spin roulette wheels and enjoy other unique entertainment in the interactive Art Carnival. Proceeds from each game will benefit the individual groups.
The playground for grown-ups will be popping off from 12-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 12-6 p.m. Sunday. On Friday and Saturday nights, local musicians and comedians will perform short sets at different booths, and a bar will be selling a vodka cocktail called Liquid Art from 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Here are a few of the unique carnival games you'll encounter.
Wild Goose Creative
The Olde North arts group offers an update of the favorite mobile-phone game with something called "Angry Geese." You throw darts at balloons, win prizes and perhaps triumph over evil pigs.
Columbus Idea Foundry
CIF members have been known to create everything from steampunk stereos to abstract sculptures. For the carnival, they built a giant pinball machine that's likely to bear the workshop's trademark boldness and ingenuity.
Old bike rims become upright roulette wheels in a peg-and-clicker game of chance. You spin and win when the clicker lands on a space matching the color of your chip. Prizes increase as you move on to progressively harder wheels. The top award is a piece of local art.
Miniature golf courses normally offer at least nine holes, but mischievous Couchfire cohorts are hoping to make theirs count with just one. Golfers will putt a red ball at a portrait of Gov. John Kasich with a hole in its chest, group president Adam Brouillette said. The goal is to give him a heart.
What's better than "Duck Hunt"? Yes, playing that game with lasers. What's better than that? Adding zombies. The art collective's update on the classic shoot-'em-up should be one of the most entertaining aspects of the festival.