Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fair

Yesterday was opening day of the State Fair of Texas.  My uncle takes his family on opening day (something about his preference for clean/fresh grease), and they invited me to go along this year. 

Are you ready for a picture overload?  The good news is that there are so many photos, you'll feel like you've been by the end of this post!

Considering that on Thursday, it was 101' here in Texas, yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day for the fair...

First stop:  The Butterfly Exhibit...
Mark's company always has a corporate tent on opening day, so we stopped in for freebies and I convinced the girls they weren't too old to get their faces painted...

Gracie (almost 12 yrs)...

Maddie (10 yrs)...

Then it was time to get to business.  There were games to play, rides to ride and food to eat!

Roasted Corn is seriously one of my favorites, but don't forget the butter, Lawry's Season Salt, Black Pepper and some Cayenne Pepper!



We had a winner (after I had to do some lawyer-like negotiations with the Carny...long story)...
The Crazy Mouse, the girls' favorite ride...
The Girls vs. Their Dad...





We convinced the girls to leave the Midway for a while because we needed to eat some more food, see the cars and do some of the other stuff...

Jack's Frys, another one of my favs...
A Fletcher's Corny Dog.  What a trip to the fair is really all about...


HOWDY FOLKS!  It's Big Tex!

After looking at the cars, and me giving Maddie a lecture on the history of Texas as we passed by the Hall of State, without going inside to see exhibit :-( , we ate some more.  Chicken and Cinnamon Rolls this time...
 The  girls kept telling us, "I'm not hungry", and we kept telling them, "That's not the point!".  Bless their hearts, they don't get that you just keep shoveling it in while at the fair!

Gracie wanted to take our photo.  We were worse for the wear.


Mark and Kati are fair shoppers.  Who knew?  So while they went through the shopping building, I took the girls to see the animals (my favorite part!).

The girls and Boris (he's at 1196 lbs this year!)...
The Sicilian Donkeys at the petting zoo get me every year.  How cute are they?

Maddie made a zebra friend...

The pigs are always so cute, I cannot stand it.

This Mama Kangaroo has a baby in her pouch.  The baby peeked out a couple of days ago, but didn't give us a sneak peek.
Then it was time for Chocolate Nutty Ice Cream Bars...

We bought some Dutch brooms...

Maddie HAD to try the Fried Bubblegum...
It was one of the grossest things I've ever tasted!

I don't think I've ever stayed at the fair past sunset.
I enjoyed seeing everything all lit up!






We left the fair very tired, with sore feet and full bellies, which means a successful day at the Fair!

4 comments:

Emily said...

Ohmygoodness. Picture OVERLOAD...and I loved every second of it :) Thanks so much for sharing...and I have to say the Fried Bubble Gum looked really gross!!! Hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend. oxo

JEF said...

Wow looks like fun :)

Ann said...

Looks like so much fun. I haven't been to the fair in years! You made me want to go!!

Abby said...

Wow! I had no idea you came from a long line of fair goers. So glad the girls got their faces painted. When in the world did they get so big? They are both beautiful!

Looks delish, still sad there was no funnel cake involved!

 

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