Wednesday, August 21, 2013

top ten :: take aways from the state fair

The Kentucky State Fair is in town this week.  Lance and I have said every single year that we've lived here that we are going to go... but we never seemed to make it happen... until this year.  The fairgrounds are literally less than 5 miles from our house and this past Friday I was in desperate need of some fried food and cotton candy.  So... we met up with some friends of ours and had our first Kentucky State Fair experience.  It did not disappoint.

I forgot how awesome the fair was.  The lights, the smells, the sounds, the fried food... I mean, really... you can't beat it.  A few thoughts on the fair...

1) Corn dogs are a perfectly acceptable dinner.

2) Riding the "scrambler" after above mentioned corn dog dinner is probably not the best idea.

3) Fair games are deceptive.  
They always look so easy... but really you're about to drop loads of cash for a giant over-sized sock monkey.

4) And who doesn't need a giant over-sized sock monkey?!?

5) The bigger the beard, the bigger the turkey leg.
Oh, and apparently you can put anything on a stick at the fair.  We will pay big money for food on sticks and bonus points if it's fried.

 6) Really, anything goes at the fair.  
Record size pumpkin??  Yep.  Got it.

7) Cotton candy is a non-negotiable. 

 8) You should never trust a ride that can be completely put up and taken down in only a few hours time by a 16 year old.

9) Unless of course, it's a ferris wheel.
(Actually, I'll be honest here... I rarely follow rule #8... I'm a sucker for a good fair ride.) 

 10) The view is always better from the top of a ferris wheel.

Have you been to the fair lately?  Any of you Kentuckians heading out to the Kentucky state fair this week?  If so, be sure to get a corn dog.


Flossie said...

Ha! I pretty much follow #8. I love roller coasters & such at amusement parks but for the most part avoid fair rides. But I'm with you on the food. Fried is better. And fair folk can fry anything.

Rebecca Jo said...

I was just there Saturday myself :) Being a vegetarian, the food choices were a little on the down side for me :) Roasted Corn on the cob... but still yummy... I guess the deep fried Kool-Aid is technically vegetarian too :)

oh, the sites at the fair - I could sit in one spot all day & be entertained :)

Jaimie Ramsey said...

Fairs were a lot more fun when I was little. Now I go, oh my goodness, everything is SO expensive! I like browsing the barns of animals and the 4-H displays. And people-watching. And I am a sucker for funnel cakes...that's the only thing I basically have to get when I'm at a fair. :)

I have always loved Ferris Wheels, but my husband doesn't like heights. Last summer we went to the county fair for a night and he graciously took me on the Ferris Wheel. I felt so loved, because I know he only did it for me!

mleslie43 said...

Your Grandpa and I took you to the Kansas State Fair before you were a year old, so you can't really remember it but I am pretty sure that is where your fair fettish all started...ha!

Salena said...

Fun! We took Chandler to the fair when it was in town last year, and we hope to take him again this year. It's so fun to share the special memories with him. (Just wait until you get to take Zara!)

Garretts said...

My boys love the fair. Jack talks about fall non stop because that means the fair will be here. We're about a week or so away from the Chattahoochee mountain fair here in the Sham, which is certainly nothing compared to those state fairs, but we'll take what we can get.