Monday, August 16, 2004

Fun at the Fair

We took the kids to the County Fair after church on Sunday. It was a little on the warm side, especially in the sun. Copious amounts of lemonade were gulped to cope with the heat (and to wash down all the funnel cake), but the kids were really most interested in the animals. Thankfully, the critters are kept somewhat cooler in the shade of the various barn roofs.

The "Bunny Barn" was a particular favorite of our offspring, since some of the 4-H kids typically have a few very tolerant rabbits out where the children can touch and pet them.

Another hit was the "sand box" which really isn't a sand box at all, but rather about a 10 foot square structure, about 18 inches high, that is filled with some kind of dried seed. There's always a crowd of kids in and around it, and ours couldn't get their shoes off fast enough to join in the fun.

While we were there I ran into Senator PJ Hogan. Over the past few years, I have often had my kids in tow as I met with various government officials in the area, but since they've become much more active (as 2 and 4 year olds do), it's become a bit more difficult. Lately, I've had to leave them behind with a babysitter (or my wife when it was an evening meeting), so Hogan hadn't seen them in quite a while. My son played his usual shy self, but had a big grin on his face when the senator gave him a sticker.

We also stopped by the home arts building to see if they had judged the quilts yet. My wife and some of her friends work together to make a quilt every year. They enter the completed quilt in the fair's competition, and then raffle it off as a fundraiser for our church. Last year they took first place in the competition. This year they won second prize.

We wondered around the fair for a couple hours, but the kids were getting tired as dinnertime approached so we called it a day. We're going to have to go back later this week to catch all the things we didn't see the first time. Not to mention, we never even made it to the carnival rides.

Bookmark and Share AddThis Feed Button