Sunday, August 7

thurston county fair

It's summer, so that means it's fair time! Our county fair is pretty small, and only runs for 5 days, but it's still a lot of fun for a 5 year old. We were supposed to go with a friend and her boys but over the course of the past 72 hours two of the three came down with some sort of stomach bug. So, today, on the last day of the fair, Wesley and I ventured out by ourselves.

Starting with the animal exhibits we looked at pigs, goats, sheep, cows, llamas, horses, rabbits and chickens. We also hit the craft and hobbie hall, but didn't spend much time since Wesley was itching to get to the rides. There's nothing like fair grub... everything from hamburgers and BBQ to Chinese and Indian. Then there's all the yummy local farms with their wonderful treats. We settled for the standard cheeseburgers and shared an apple fritter for dessert. Yum!

Finally we headed off to the amusement area. I've always loved amusement parks and it seems Wesley is a chip off the old block. Though he wanted to ride everything, I limited him to the ones he could ride on his own. It's not because I've gotten a yellow spine in recent years, it's the cost. $1 per ticket and 3-4 tickets for each ride. Fortunately for me they had unlimited wristbands for $17. Here's a picture of Wesley riding the airplanes. He also rode the roller coaster, train, dragon spin, and ran around in the mirror maze, Indiana Jones adventure, and bouncy thingy.

The one thing I don't remember from going to the fair as a kid is the odd crowd of folk who work the fair... the carnies. Maybe it was just my naivete. Maybe it was just youth. Or maybe it's because now I'm older and wiser and know what sorts of bad things happen, even to good people. I just couldn't help eyeing each and every ride operator wondering about them. Not in a negative manner per se, but wondering what brough them to the notorius world of being a carnie. Traveling. Manual labor. Thankless job. I seem to remember wanting to be a carnie when I was younger. There was a magical spell the fair held over me. Now I wonder why?

So, the grand total of the day was...

Parking... $5
Entry to the fair... $6
Lunch... $9.50
Carnival rides... $17
Dessert... $3.50

A wonderul summer day together.... priceless!


Jessica B. said...

Love the pic! Wesley looks like he's having fun :)

Stacie said...

Awesome pic, girlie!!