8.24.2010

county fair

Nothing screams dog days of summer like a trip to the county fair. Growing up in a small rural community, paying an annual visit to the county fair was the ultimate family outing. An evening at the fair meant breaking in your new pair of back-to-school jeans. It meant hanging out with your friends again after being away at camp or the lake all summer. It meant freebies, face painting and marginal Country music. It meant savoring the last few slices of summertime by the light of the ferris wheel. True story: I even spent a few summers at the farm helping my cousin get ready to show her pigs + rabbits at the fair, then serving up coffee + apple pie in the 4-H food stand during fair week. If that wasn't a character building experience in my life, I don't know what is. This summer, it was time to tote G through the mud, gravel, and cow pies to teach him what the fair is all about. The boy is such a city slicker--he has airplanes and sirens nailed, but is still a little weak in the barnyard sound department. We hoped the petting zoo would change that. He went nuts-o for all of the animals, bouncing from pen to pen barking and waving. Good times.

We even sprang for the slippery slide. Best 4 bucks we've burned all year. Why are carnival attractions so darn expensive? For $1, I bet they'd have 10x the kiddie customers. I'm no marketing whiz, just sayin'.
But of course the best part of any fair, anywhere is the food. The boys shared a raspberry milkshake with Grandma. The real deal of a milkshake. It makes my belly ache just thinking about it. I had my traditional bowl of Queen Apples: topped with homemade caramel, nuts, whipped cream, and candy cherries. Mmm...Hoping we will find time to make it to the Minnesota State Fair next week to have all this again and more...On a stick.

7 comments:

Christine E-E said...

is Queen Anne the type of apple?

I've never had apples w/whipped cream on them... apple crisp with vanilla ice cream is about as close as I've come to the described "fair treat" in your photo.

your fair looks like the San Luis Obispo (CA) County Fair...

do you also have quilts, jams/jelly, photography etc competitions?

swell.life said...

Ha ha! Southern Minnesota is hardly San Luis Obispo, but I will take that as a compliment. :)

Yes--they also have all of the homemade goodies. Everything from gourd growing to rhubarb pie baking. It's really fun.

Katie {My Paisley Apron} said...

That looks super fun! Elijah would have loved to come with. :) I would really like to make it to the MN state fair someday...

Jessica {The Novice Chef} said...

Great pictures! Looks like you guys had a blast! I can't wait for all our fairs again!

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Melissa said...

We were going to take the boys to the Martin County Fair this weekend when we were in town, but I knew that they wouldn't be able to stop at just one ride and I wasn't prepared to fork out a week's salary to purchase tickets. We opted for Minnesota sports apparel instead, being that they are not the easiest to find in WI. Looks like G and everyone else had a great time!

Miss G said...

Your G is sooo cute! Kelly