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Raffle and Fair Banner

Vigors on display at the Fairgrounds.

Well, friends, I am here today to tell: those are no flights of fancy! Those are no tall tales told behind the pool hall! No sir, No ma’am, those are VIGORS I’m talking about…
― Vigor Barker[src]

The Fairgrounds are the carnival area of Columbia's Town Center; the area where the city celebrates their secession from the United States. In honor of the annual fair, the locale is celebrating the technological marvels Columbia has to offer such as the Sky-Lines, Easter & Sons Premium Automated Stallions, Voxophones, and even the amazing Handymen. In addition to the fair food, high striker game, clown, and bluegrass band, several stands are set up to entertain the masses with Vigors and carnival games.


Vigor ExhibitEdit

BioI TC Fairgrounds Vigor Exhibit

Vigors being demonstrated at the Fairgrounds.

Who amongst you has tasted the divine gift of the vigor! One swig, and feats of wonderment are at the tips of your fingers!
― Vigor Barker[src]

A vigor barker extols the virtues of Vigors to an amazed crowd. Two people in festive devil costumes demonstrate the power of Shock Jockey, Devil's Kiss, Bucking Bronco, and Possession in succession.

Bring Down the Sky-Line VoxEdit

Sky Line-Vox

Bring Down the Sky-Line Vox.

A carnival game for a Shotgun practice to shoot as many Vox Populi targets off the Sky-Lines within 40 seconds.

Hunt Down the VoxEdit

Hunt Down Vox

Hunt Down the Vox.

Practice using an air Carbine to shoot as many Vox Populi targets within 30 seconds. Bonus points for hitting the anarchist Daisy Fitzroy.

Cast Out the DevilEdit

Devil Cast Out

Cast Out the Devil.

Try out the Bucking Bronco Vigor to hit a man in a devil costume while trying to avoid hitting the woman and child.

A Veni! Vidi! Vigor! machine nearby offers 4 charges of Bucking Bronco for $375.

Sky-Line StallEdit

Sky Line Fairgrounds sign

The Sky-Line display.

While observing the overheard boxcars roll down the rails, two citizens converse about how skyline riding was invented by adolescents looking for a joyride. However, casualties were high amongst the thrill-seeking youths using makeshift apparatus, leading Fink to invent the Sky-Hook.

Easter & Sons Premium Automated Stallions StallEdit

BioI TC Fairgrounds Easter & Sons Premium Automated Stallions Stall

Automated Stallions on display at the Fairgrounds.

Mechanical horse paw the ground as spectators listen to the recorded messages explaining their useful functions.

Voxophone StallEdit

Make a memoir. Record a ditty. Recite poetry for your little lady and play it ad-infinitum!
― Voxophone Boothkeeper[src]
Voxophone Fairgrounds sign

Booker tries out a Voxophone at the insistence of the barker. It repeats back "What's a Voxophone". Booker declares that he's not paying for it to which the barker replies that it is merely a demonstration.

Handyman StallEdit

Handyman Fairgrounds sign
BioI Town Center Fairgrounds Handyman Stall

A Handyman on stage for a demonstration of Autobodies.

Step right up and see the eight wonder of the world! He's big! HE's bold!
― Handyman Barker[src]

Two citizens converse with one admiring the Handyman's strength while the other feels pity.

Possession StallEdit

A beautiful lady offers her wares of bottles of Possession. Next to bottles of Salts, a gramophone and a projector provide further explanatory detail.

BioShock InfiniteEdit

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After trying out some of the booths, Booker attempts to travel on to the Path of the Scroll. However, the raffle is sold out and the gates are locked by an overzealous admission machine. Fortunately, a Possession hawker offers him a free sample, permitting him to take over the machine who recognizes him as an Assemblyman Buford. Just behind the gates, a gentleman and a lady ask Booker to flip a coin before letting him pass.

New DiscoveriesEdit

New VigorsEdit


  1. The Envy of All His Peers


Concept ArtEdit

In-Game ImagesEdit

Bugs / GlitchesEdit

  •  Icon xbox Icon ps3 Icon pc Icon mac The large replica of the Possession bottle by the respective booth can be used by the player to get out of the map. The player must jump on it from a certain angle, then from the bottle jump to the side of the booth and then over the barrier.[1] This allows the player to skip the raffle and no enemies will spawn. Also, if the player uses this glitch, the game will consider that you went to the raffle and chose to throw the ball at the interracial couple as Flambeau will appear at Battleship Bay with a Gear.
  •  Icon xbox Icon ps3 Icon pc Icon mac It is possible to glitch the game to earn enough money to purchase the Bucking Bronco sample from the Veni! Vidi! Vigor! machine. It involves blocking the gate during the coin toss so it does not close. Returning to New Eden Square will cause the carnival game prizes to reset, also allowing machines to be re-Possessed. Does this repeatedly will eventually earn enough funds to purchase the Vigor. However, it will have odd effects since the NPCs in the Fair are not coded for combat.[2][3]

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • The booths play various Scott Joplin compositions.
  • The live band plays "Wild Prairie Rose", an original song written by Jessy Carolina and performed by her band Ommie Wise.[4]
  • The fairground mini-games were intended to provide an optional introduction to the game's weapon systems without using tutorials that interrupt the flow of the game. In addition, it helped to introduce the Vox Populi as enemies of the Founders.[5]
Removed Defeat the Red Coats Sign & Cutout

"Defeat the Red Coats" sign and cutout.

  • Much of the fair's signage was designed by Laura Zimmermann.[6]
    • Zimmerman also designed a sign for a fourth carnival game named "Defeat the Red Coats", a reference to the British army uniform used during the American Revolutionary War.[7][8] But it was cut from the final version of the game.


  1. BioShock Infinite Speedrun Former World Record - 1:49:07 on YouTube
  2. Bioshock Infinite: Unlocking Bucking Bronco Timelapse on YouTube
  3. Unlocked Bucking Bronco early image gallery
  4. "Jessy Carolina and Bioshock Infinite" article at Gamer Horizon, published May 14, 2013
  5. IGN - BioShock Infinite - Columbia Raffle and Fair @ 2:00
  6. In-Game Signage, Concepts and Narrative Set Pieces Laura Zimmermann's Portfolio (archived)
  7. Laura Zimmermann-Dávila's ArtStation
  8. Red coat on Wikipedia
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