I always loved the idea of carnivals as a youngster and I'm sure my school teachers got sick of reading stories about a girl running away with the circus. But the allure of performers, neon lights and a big red and white striped tent was powerful and something I apparently never grew out of.
As if to prove my dedication to the Fringe this year, I have taken two weeks off work to coincide with the festivities. About 4000 artists will take part in 923 events during the festival which runs from February 24 to March 18. Over the next fortnight I will bring you some reviews of the shows I'm seeing including Cantina, SOAP and I Heart Jack. I strongly encourage everyone to grab a copy of the guide or visit www.adelaidefringe.com.au and pick something that tickles your fancy.
And if anyone needs me between now and mid-March you'll find me in the garden amongst the burlesque dancers, musicians, freaks, comedians and sideshow performers.