i LOVE the state fair. it is a family tradition. i have been every year since i can remember.
i spy a momma b next to the big fair park sign!
my mom and i decided to head to the fair a little early so we could fully enjoy the commercial buildings. you know, the buildings full of booth after booth of people selling crap you see on infomercials. we love that.
there were two purchases we made.. it is hard to convince us that we NEED a sham wow, a pet hair removal roller or a semi-functional salsa maker (okay, it is not hard to convince us, we have just bought those items in years passed and are now wise to their tricks!)
anyway.. purchase #1: a ceramic grater!
not only are these cute.. they are so functional!
it works for garlic, ginger, hard cheeses, spices.. so many options!
clean it off with the brush
voilà! instant grated garlic. we were sold.
i was really intrigued by these piggy banks.
gives a whole new meaning to food bank, no?!
didn’t buy one.
didn’t buy any of these, either, but they sure were pretty!
purchase #2 was this peeler. i am fairly certain we purchased the peeler based on the sales rep alone. his enthusiasm made us think we NEEDED THIS PEELER!
i was excited. i will let you know how it works! it also came with a free julienne tool. can’t beat that!
every year, my sisters and mom get their wedding rings cleaned for free at the fair.
i have always complained that i never had a ring to be cleaned…
until now! shiny :)
we were parched and HOT (isn’t it fall?!) and so my mom whipped out her first of many $20s.. she always jokes that she has a plethora of $20 bills made each year specifically for the fair :)
something that is not to be missed at the fair is the butter sculpture. it is different each year, but i think they reuse the butter.
DID YOU KNOW?
wow. those are some fun facts.
here’s this years sculpture!
it is actually pretty impressive that they are able to carve such detail into the sculpture! and it is fun to see it change each year.
eventually, we met up with my sister in law, niece, brother, marshall and dad.
my brother was already yawning right when we got there!
deep fried, chocolate covered bacon. did you catch susan’s post on that stuff?
i got a kick out of the little chocolate covered pig picture. i decided to opt against the bacon and went for some BBQ:
i ordered the chicken pita, sans mayo.
it was just OK. but a lot better than some of the heavy food fare at the fair. i saved room for a treat for later ;)
marshall hates seeing the animals at the fair, and i don’t blame him. it is pretty sad when you think about showing off your animals that are about to be slaughtered.. i do eat meat, but i don’t think it is a spectator sport. we checked out the award-winning produce instead.
PEACHES! my favorite.
silly produce sculptures!
check out the pumpkin and the knotted gourd!
both blue ribbon winners!
me & my favorite guy around.
does that shirt look familiar?
next up: THE BIG YELLOW SLIDE. by far my favorite part of the fair. we used to go up and down about 5 times each, but we have gotten more frugal through the years and just went down once. which was better than last year, when it was CLOSED due to the rain!
it’s hard to see, but i am there in the lead! marshall is behind me, then my bro & niece, and momma b is straggling behind. she got a slow start ;)
love the slide.
next up was the stables.
marshall likes the stables because the horses are pets and well taken care of :)
after the horses, we decided it was time for a treat!
ice cream? yes please.
i got vanilla bean. no surprise there, it’s my favorite. marshall got peaches & cream but he is hiding it behind his back. um.
best parents ever! thanks for treating us to a fun day at the fair!
and a happy birthday to you, momma b :)
1. what infomercial items have you purchased or have THOUGHT about purchasing? the magic bullet infomercial always sucks me in. and i own two of them. i also really want that perfect square brownie pan, and mighty putty. do any of you own a bumpit?!
2. do you like fairs? how do you feel about animals being “shown off” at the fair? it makes me sad to see the animals. the ones on display because they are about to be someone’s dinner as well as the ones tied up for little kids to ride on (ponies walking around in circles) and this year they had a sea lion exhibit.. it was SO sad :( it made me think of mama pea’s post on the cove. but i LOVE seeing the artwork, produce and other award-winning items on display. but honestly, the commercial buildings and the big yellow slide are reason enough for me to go.
xo. janetha g.