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;)