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County Fair Time! 
Aug. 31, 2014 5:19 am 
Updated: Sep. 7, 2014 1:24 pm

I love going to the fair! There is so much to see. And eat. It's fun to walk around and talk to people we haven't seen for ages, maybe since last year's fair. Our county fair was last week, but I missed going. I probably have missed the fair only a dozen times in my life (if even that many times). I wasn't feeling well and it rained every day. I just didn't want to go trudging around in the wet and mud. Of course, after it was over I was feeling kind of sad that I didn't make myself go.

Then Jon came up with a great idea - the next county over was having their fair this week! He had to work yesterday until 1:30; and I was the taxi cab for Yahir's soccer tournament but we made plans for the fair after all obligations were handled. Bright and early I picked up Kristal to be the other cheerleader and then Yahir. His parents would be along in time for the second game, but first they had to take care of getting the fresh, local veggies for the restaurant. Yesterday was a great day - though a little hot. I don't think the kids minded and there was a nice breeze so we enjoyed the sun.

When I got home we headed off to the fair! All day I thought about what fair food I was going to indulge in. First stop - a chocolate dipped frozen banana. Jon got a basket of deep-fried veggies which I of course shared with him. No trip to the fair is complete without a hand-shaken lemonade. Yummy! I had two of those. For dinner I had a chicken Stromboli. It was different but I liked it. Chicken, spinach, red peppers, and a pesto sauce. It was quite large but I managed to eat the whole thing! I really wanted some delicious, greasy, fair fries but I knew I could not eat them so those will have to wait until next time.

This fair is quite large - we walked for what seemed like miles, but we saw just about everything; from miniature ponies to giant pumpkins (the grand champion weighed 1,400+ pounds!!!). 

Since this was not our county fair we didn't see as many people we knew but still managed to run into a few. We saw one of Kristal's school friends with her mother. She has an adorable little boy now - that made me feel old! At least the little boy was only two - I didn't know Sarah at that age, so that helped. :)

We left the fair with our belly's full and our feet tired; the smells and sounds of the fair following us out to the parking lot.  As we drove off, I looked back at all the lights - the ferris wheel was spinning - it seemed as if it were waving good-bye, wishing us a safe trip home...

Aug. 31, 2014 9:13 am
I love going to the county fair! Tulsa has a really big one! I love the lemonade too! So delicious!! :)
Aug. 31, 2014 12:52 pm
bakergirl - I just wish I could eat more - there are so many choices but my stomach is just not big enough! ;)
Aug. 31, 2014 7:13 pm
How I miss the country fairs Mother Ann. I've been a city girl for the last thirty-five years but I am still a country girl at heart. Always love your blogs, thanks.
Sep. 1, 2014 4:32 am
Bren - I've always been a country girl and while I've visited the city - I'm not sure I could live there. I love my woods and wide open spaces! :) Thanks for stopping in.
Sep. 1, 2014 6:50 am
hope the fair doesn't get rained out here like Randolph did. We came up from Mississippi for the grandbaby's birthday to akron 2weeks ago and was bummed. The fair is here now. No rain but it will be a gazillion degrees. Lots of Lemonade will be consumed:)
Sep. 1, 2014 8:56 am
Hi Mother Ann. I am glad you are feeling better. Fair food is something I look forward to eating. I like the Indian Tacos and my husband likes turkey legs.
Sep. 1, 2014 10:21 am
Lela - I'd eat those choices! Yummy!
Sep. 1, 2014 10:22 am
Scott - Enjoy your lemonade and hope your weather cools off a little but no rain!
Sep. 1, 2014 1:36 pm
Mother Ann, we go to the State Fair every year just to eat "Gourment Event Food!" LOL! That's what we call Fair Food! So yummy! So indulgent! So NOT good for you! So who cares! Right? Great blog about one of our favorite summertime things!
Sep. 1, 2014 6:08 pm
I haven't been to our state fair in a number of years - we used to go every year when our kids were small. Several years ago my college-age son requested "fair food" for his birthday. We had corn-dogs, fresh-cut fries, dippin'dots, funnel cakes, lemonade - it was a blast.
Sep. 2, 2014 5:52 am
Some of my favorite childhood memories are of going to the county fair with family. My brother and I have shared many laughs about this. He and I would always beg to ride the swings and EVERY year, our mother would always tell us - now you CANNOT ride the swings because a child in a neighboring county was thrown from the swing and was seriously hurt. For years, we believed her and settled for some funnel cakes :) Now that we are grown, my brother and I meet by the swings and guess what we do??? Eat funnel cakes!!!! Glad you made some precious memories, Mother Ann - good blog!!!
Sep. 2, 2014 6:27 pm
Shearone - LOL! We have a family memory involving funnel cakes as well, but it's where my daughter does NOT eat them. One year she over-indulged in funnel cakes and made herself sick. Now - 20+ years later, every time we see funnel cakes - somebody says "Kristal - want some funnel cake??". Same reply every time: "NO WAY!".
Sep. 3, 2014 1:11 pm
Mother Ann, i live in the country and would love to go to a real country fair. They aren't the way they used to be. Perhaps i will come to yours:)) Wonderful read as always. Thank you..
Sep. 3, 2014 6:21 pm
manella - I went to a fair the next county over that is mostly city and suburbs. Their fair was nothing compared to our fair and the one I just went to! I love a good fair with all the animals, produce, baked goods, jellies, jams, etc. to see. The steam engine display was awesome - and so many tractors, etc. Just a bunch of fun all in one place!
Sep. 4, 2014 4:27 am
Mother Ann, there is one in Truro a town about 1 hour away. They have all you said above but we never seem to get there, hubby is very busy that time of year. One of these times though.
Sep. 5, 2014 10:00 am
I read this the other day but for the life of me couldn't remember the password to get on here. The guys have gone to several things this year. The MO state fair, they rode down so I wasn't invited. And the Platte City fair, again not invited since they were going to see the mud trucks and demo derby. I'm a sucker for kettle corn when I get to go :)
Sep. 7, 2014 1:24 pm
Hi Cat! Funny - I don't really care for popcorn, but love kettle corn and caramel corn. Boo on your boys for not inviting you to go, too!!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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