Thursday, July 31, 2008

It's the best state fair in our state!

Every year, the hub and I try to take a trip to the state fair.

I grew up going to the state fair. All three of us girls were involved in 4-H and it seemed one of us always had something going to the State Fair. Some years, that would be our family vacation. We would take a weekend, stay in a hotel (and order delivery pizza!), go to the local amusement park one day and head to the state fair the next.

I may be a little biased, but I think we have one of the best State Fairs in the country. Granted, it's the only State Fair I've ever been to, but it's still great.

I mean, where else can you see a life-size cow sculpted completely out of butter?

Or a massive bull that weighs more than a small-town football team?We have our traditional buildings we have to stop at and look around -- the 4-H building, the Agricultural building (where I buy yummy fudge that usually doesn't last the day), the Commercial building, the animal barns (though those may not be on the list this year as the kiddo has decided he doesn't like large animals right now). At least two or three stops throughout the day are in air-conditioned buildings at it's generally hot as hades during the fair.

One of the favorites is the implement display outside the Commercial building. Last year kiddo had a blast "driving" all the tractors, see? It was a complete travesty filled with lots of protest and crying when we had to drag him away.
And then there's the food.

Oh the glorious, glorious fair food. There's the requisite stop at the giant tenderloin stand (you have not lived until you've had a giant tenderloin, battered and fried and smothered with ketchup, mustard, pickles and onion placed on a ridiculously small bun), the giant turkey drumstick stand, the giant bucket-o-cookies stand (are you sensing a theme here?), the fresh-squeezed lemonade stand and the dutch letters stand. If it's not fried, huge or on a stick, it's not real fair food. We always end up eating an obscene amount of food at the fair, but we're also walking everywhere, so it's basically a wash, right? Right.

This year it's still up in the air as to whether we'll go. I want to. I really really want to, but I'll also be 32ish weeks pregnant during the state fair this year and walking around during the August heat and humidity while massively pregnant doesn't sound all that appealing. The kiddo is two, which means despite the fact he's the best kid ever, he still acts like a two-year-old and can go running off at a moment's notice.

And the hub, while he enjoys the fair, isn't quite as into it as I am. His family only went once or twice while he was growing up, and my MIL likes to tell the story of how the hub got lost one of those times. And that was the end of their fair-going during his childhood.

So we'll have to think about it. In the meantime, I'll still daydream about giant turkey legs and butter cows.

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