Wednesday, August 13, 2008

A day at the Fair

I feel as if I've gotten right in the path of a giant snowball, and now I'm rolling down the hill! A strange comparison (considering we don't get much snow in these parts)? Well, I am a transplanted northern girl after all;)

I insisted on going to the fair, I just couldn't resist the fact that it was free. And I knew they would have tons of fun. They did. But I'm not sure I could survive both the fair and my son's birthday party being on the same day again!

Did I mention I am participating in a huge garage sale this Friday and Saturday? It's not at my house, which would be easier, but I'll get much more traffic at this location. I thought I was ahead of the game in being prepared. But I didn't see that big snowball coming!

But enough of all that.

We had such a great time at the fair. Yes, if I had it to do over again, I would go. They had so many wonderful booths and displays! Pioneer Village was a favorite, with all the old-time shops and Native American displays. They had a tee pee set up that the kid's could go into and listen to a storyteller. A gifted storyteller by the way; he even kept the attention of my 2-year-old nephew!
One of the displays was a old-time boarding house. An elderly woman sitting in a rocking chair on the porch was making dolls. She literally starts with a piece of wood, cuts it herself (at home), then adds clothespin arms, and wraps braided yarn around their head. Oh, and she makes their clothes of course;) I was simply enchanted with these little wooden dolls, which she was selling for $2! I bought the Princess one that had red hair, then went back later because I wanted one for myself.

The boys building with magneatoes at the Science Lab exhibit. They told us you can buy them on Amazon, but I was afraid to look; I might not be able to resist the temptation!

Learning about road safety. They were given a driver's license afterward.

Some of America's finest (both kids and soldiers;)

You couldn't pay me to go on this hang-gliding ride; I just know I wouldn't survive it to spend the money! My husband usually does these rides with the kids; I go somewhere else so I don't have to watch;)
Does anyone else love all those freebies you get at the displays?

Home Depot had a great set-up where you could sit at picnic tables and the kids could decorate these tiles with markers. It was located under some shade trees, so it was a nice reprieve from the sun. They also gave each child one of those heavy-duty (bright orange) kid's workshop aprons; they'll be great for when we do our homeschool art classes.

This was not the State fair, but the County fair, so it wasn't quite as large. I somewhat dread the State fair because it's so huge, and very, very loud. We also saw exotic animals, agricultural displays, and much more. My poor overworked camera lost power half-way through, so I don't have as many pictures as usual. It was a wonderful, busy (did I mention very hot) day:)

*Note to Kaye and Brandi: I will pick-up those awards once I figure out how to put them on my blog;)


Angela said...

I love the fair...but only the county, fair! I don't know if I've ever even been to a state fair (although I do love the Rogers and Hammerstein movie State Fair :) When I was younger, I like to go to the fair during the day so I could get a sunburn on my face (I was a weird kid, apparently) and I loved to ride all of the rides. Now I like to go at night (when it's cooler) and just walk around and look at people and eat all kids of greasy, fried foods. So fun! Last year I ate a corn dog and then rode one of the really spin-ey (is that a word? you know what I mean!) rides and I totally got sick afterwards. Yeah, I guess I'm getting old :) Hahaha!!

Mrs. Darling said...

I love all fairs. We are fair people! But my dear husband liked only the state fair. I prefer state but I will take anything. Of course the state fair has all the book authors there. I could spend hours talking to them and theres huge pavilions with thousands of exhibits. Its not really overwhelming if you go often enough and know your way around.

And no, I most decidedly do not like the freebies. They, like Mc Donald toys, have to go in the garbage can upon arriving home unless there is something real. Real things are like pencils. Unreal things are those pins, erasers,stickers,color books, flyers, pinwheels, yakkity yak! Ye Gads how I hate cluttery things.

Anyway having said all that Im itching to go to the fair but what if I only want to go so I can have an elephant ear? Maybe I have to evaluate my reasons here. *ahem*

Okay, I didnt quite get what the snowball was or is it just being busy in general?

MyKidsMom said...

Angela: all your weirdness sounds normal to me; but then, I'm a little weird myself, LoL:) And I definitely don't want to visualize the corn dog event. hahaha

Mrs.D: It's not needing to know my way around, it's the stimulation issue. I refuse to go to Bullwinkles for the same reason. I'll get a migraine every time.

As far as the snowball goes, you do know I'm very big into the Birthday celebration thing? LoL I just can't keep them simple. We stayed at the fair way too long, then dashed home to frost the cake and head to Grandma's house for the party. Along with a few other things that I really can't mention here. Let's just say it's the roughest time of the month and I should be taking better care of myself. And the garage sale money is my school money so I really need to drag every single thing out that I can to sell. I need much more time than I have right now. And I'm coming to the same conclusion as you that I won't be doing much babysitting anymore; it just has too much influence on when and where I can go. This year schooling has to be my #1 focus.

Kaye said...

So much fun! That looks like an awesome county fair! And bonus that it was free, right? =)

Mrs. Darling said...

I hear ya girl!

Nikki said...

Looks like fun. We don't have fairs like that around here, and I think we're missing out.

Anonymous said...

We don't have many of these around here and the ones we do are fairly small. I remember being in NH last year and sitting in traffic for 2 hours while people waited in line to enter one. Wow. It looks like fun.