I may have to “blame it on my roots,” but I love a county fair. I love the animals, the food, and, to be honest, the entire atmosphere. To me, there is nothing else like it. Granted, I am a Midwest farmer’s daughter! For me, the county fair is a huge reminder of my younger days. The county 4-H fair was in my hometown, and I went every day. There was always something new to see, something new to experience.
When I moved to Southern California and discovered there were fairs here, I was shocked. And, overjoyed. It was a piece of home that I could still experience in this otherwise different place. Now that we have kids, Hubby and I make sure to take the family every year. We only go once. After all, the fair isn’t cheap. But, we go for several hours and do whatever they want. We eat with wild abandon, ride all the kiddie rides, and go through the exhibit and livestock barns. Yes, we even watch the pig races. It’s an annual experience, and part of what makes it special is that it only happens once a year.
Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to find your closest county fair and take the family. In an increasingly urban environment, it is the only way a lot of our children will ever get to experience agriculture. There are handmade quilts, photographs (including some by The Photo Addict at the OC Fair!), works of art, and beautiful hand-knitted garments to peruse. There is food you can experience nowhere else: chocolate-covered bacon, deep fried Snickers, and Krispy Kreme chicken sandwiches, for starters. There is seriously good people-watching, and the rides are a fun departure from the character-driven attractions at theme parks.
My family is going this weekend, and I know we will all have an amazing time. Last year, Bugster was a newborn and really couldn’t enjoy it. She’s a huge animal lover, and a total daredevil. The Big Cheese loves, loves, loves rides. And dessert. There is no doubt they will love the county fair, 2010!