Saturday, September 10, 2011

State Fair

I am not a fair-goer. I don't enjoy the crowds, and it pains me to spend so much money on all the food and other things that are so frivolous. However, when Daddy said he wanted to go so the girls could see the animals, we went.

Not being a fair person, I had no idea where to park. We ended up finding an sweet elderly man on a corner who let us park in his driveway for free. When we thanked him for letting us, he thanked us for trusting him! He said lots of people ask him "what's the catch?" and drive away. It was about a two mile walk to the grounds, which would have been fine. But then we realized we were also on the wrong side of the grounds for the animals! Ugg. I can handle a long walk; but a long walk with thousands of people, who all view my stroller as clearing the way so they can cut me off is a bit much for me.

Luckily, the kids' reaction to the animals made it all worth the frustration.

We saw the goats first. Gracie's preschool has goats that the kids take care of and both the girls fed them at the open house. So goats are pretty popular around our house right now. However, Gracie spent most of the time in the goat building asking for the piggies.

Gracie was elated at meeting the piggies. She was amazed by how big they are, and how big their noses are. She danced around in the aisles, singing and loving the pigs~who started at her like she's nuts. I tried to get a video but, of course, she stopped when she saw the camera.

The girls also met and pet a horse, but every time I tried to get a picture of it the horse turned his head out of the frame. Gracie made the owners crack up when she exclaimed "This is the most humongous horse I've ever seen!" It is also the first horse she's ever seen in person!

When walking through the cow building we saw a man caring for this cow and he asked the kids if they would like to pet her. The Bee was very excited, and pet her nose right away. Gracie was a little more timid, but when the man told her they don't even have any top teeth (I didn't know that!) she went closer to pet her.

The kids participated in the Girl Scouts' exhibit, Little Farm Hands. It was a bit frustrating at first, as I thought I could handle both girls and let Daddy take a break. Then we reached the tractors. . .

First, there weren't enough tractors for how many kids entered at once. Then the one Bee got didn't have a trailer, so she didn't know what to do with her bucket of chicken feed she was supposed to be transporting. All the while, Gracie was trying to get on her tractor. None of us knew how far to drive. Bee tipped over on her tractor. . . finally Daddy heard the commotion from across the "farm" and came to rescue us all!

LOVE this pic.
Gracie asked if she could pose with Charlie Brown-which is rare!

Turning in all the fruits, veggies, and milk we "grew" and "milked" to get a dollar from the Girl Scout.

They then brought their dollar to the "store" and picked out a little treat for all their hard work. Bee picked out potato chips, and Gracie surprised us all by picking an apple.

Enjoying their hard-earned treat while Daddy bought some Cheese Curds.
Always the 'Sconie!

1 comment:

erin said...

Sounds to me like you earned that dollar! I'm all good on going to the fair for at least two more years. :)