I have always looked forward to September. One reason is because during 4-H we competed in our local county fairs to qualify for State at the Puyallup Fair in September. I only ever qualified with my miniature horse (where we placed 2nd in State!!) and while it was always a goal to get my big horse there I knew it would be a horrible experience as he did not do well with new places. State was always so magical and fun, probably because there was only a handful of us with mini's throughout the state, and I was able to accomplish all the Fair Fun for 3 days straight!
Now that I am no longer showing my horses, and getting a bit older, going to the Fair just isn't that big of a deal anymore. I look forward to it each year (and we get free tickets for being teachers) but then when I show up its all just the same and getting more expensive each year. I mean $12 for a burger? At the fair? And its not even that big!!!
Regardless of how I am starting to feel about the fair I don't want to deny Ellie the experience. And so we make it a point to go. Our visit this year was yesterday, on Sunday, (we were heathens...) and did my two favorite things: got scones and watched Mutton Busting!!
Ever since I saw it a number of years ago I knew I wanted my kiddos to participate in Mutton Busting, I mean its just hilarious. Ellie got to watch it this year and kept talking about how she wanted to ride the "Baa's"!! Unfortunately Ellie cannot participate until she is 4, but that's ok we can start her practicing on our goats at home!!
Ellie also enjoyed going into the petting zoo area, and of course the sheep were her favorites (just like last year) and checking out the weird collections people have in Hobby Hall. We didn't do any rides this year - again so expensive - and with our Disneyland trip coming up we don't feel like we were holding out on her. Maybe next year when she is a little bit older and asks to go on the rides but until then I just fine with my fresh Fair Scone!!
How was your weekend? Do you have a local Fair you enjoy going to each year?
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