At the Evergreen State Fair

First, let’s begin with a haiku:

Sunday afternoon

Good idea:  take kids to fair

Bad idea:  in dress shoes


Seriously, though…

It was a very fun and expensive afternoon.  This is owing to the fact that we drove straight up after church and chose to buy lunch at the fair.  Next time, we’ll pack a picnic and spend the  money on carnival rides.

While the carnival was the main event this year, we started off with visits to the livestock barns.  Now, despite the fact that their grandparents live in the country and board horses on their land, my kids are suburban kids.  Maybe that’s the reason for their fascination with farm animals.  Still, I’m constantly amazed by how their eyes light up at the sight of pigs, sheep, goats, alpacas and cattle.  Then again, I’m a city boy and I have the same reaction.

After the animals, we took a break the only appropriate way at a fair on the hottest day of the year.  88!!!  (Sorry people outside the northwest.)  

With the ice cream consumed, we headed off to the carnival rides.  Harry rode a rocket ride.  (Envision a poor man’s Star Tours.)  Annie rode a train.  Then Harry went on his first roller coaster ride while Annie went cruising in a pink corvette.  After having both kids best me at water balloon races ;), we headed over to the carousel to wrap things up.

Annie conked out in the stroller on the long march across the fair to the car.  For me, it was a grueling exercise in putting one aching foot after another. 

Still, we made it, and the aches and pains will heal.  We’ll be left with memories of first thrill rides and the wonder that is children and farm animals.

I’ll take that trade off.


About Andrew

I'm a Christian, American, liberal, geeky, thoughtful, Northwest-transplanted Angeleno husband, father, and pundit who writes about anything he can think of.
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