In mid-September, we had the pleasure of attending the Clay County Fair. Not once, not twice, not three times, but on four separate occasions. Were we suffering a case of post-summer blues...possibly. Did we have fun? Absolutely.
Our first visit to the fair this year was a last minute decision after a busy weekend at the lake when we had no food in the house to make dinner, and T was on a mission to get a tenderloin. Townhouse Tenderloins is hands down the best food at the fair in case you are wondering. Everyone else had the same idea of course, and we had to wait 45 minutes for our food, but it was worth the wait. Afterwards, it was already getting dark, so we decided to walk through the cattle barn on our way out, and return another day to see what else the fair had to offer. This plan quickly came to a halt when we got to the entrance of the cattle barn and C had an absolute meltdown because he was terrified of real live cows. #toddlers
Our return visits brought us to Grandpa's Barn, a barn filled with baby animals geared specifically towards kiddos; The Depot, filled with tons of trains and various displays (i.e. circus, ski resort, mine, drive-in movie, Santa's village, etc.); and of course visiting the tractors and playing in the corn box at the John Deere Pavilion. G slept through the majority of his time spent at the fair...a little overwhelmed perhaps and opted to nap instead...and C loved just about every minute aside from the cattle barn. Almost a month later, he is still talking about the 'fair fun' he had, and praying for the animals. Fair = Pivotal Moment in Toddler Life.
One of the many foods we taste tested at the fair was cake pops. C loved trying to figure out how to eat one, and enjoyed every bite. Might have to put some on the menu for his next birthday!
No trip to the fair would be complete without a stop at the John Deere Pavilion. We purposely saved our visit here until the last day so that we would get a chance to check out everything else at the fair. If C had known it was there all week, we never would have seen anything else! He LOVED playing in the box of corn, and was occupied with it for over an hour. I think I'll have to get some dried corn in a big container for him to play with this winter when it is too cold to play outside. Christmas gift idea perhaps!?! It's the simple things right?
As you can see, we had so much fun at the fair this year, and can't wait for it's return next year! Who knows...maybe we'll even try out the State Fair!