if you want to get technical, I went to six states' fair. The Big E is held in West Springfield, MA, for two weeks at the end of the summer to the beginning of the fall. It represents all of New England: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode island. It's HUGE!
I hadn't been in about 12-13 years and the kids of course had never been. We got there still in the morning but there were plenty of people there already. It was about a half-mile walk to the main gate and there was plenty of prime people-watching. We saw cows and chickens and pigs, demonstrations of floor cleaners, pet a donkey, a duck and some wily goats in the petting zoo, and took a trip down a wild slide on burlap bags. Will got to ride a pony! We giggled over "Deep-fried Jelly beans" and "deep-fried butter balls." Butter, really?? We were stymied by "Deep-Fried Kool-Aid but were happy to polish off a plate of fried dough. We went under the crafts tent and we tried to look in all of the houses on "Avenue of the States." By then there was a little drizzly rain so everyone had the same idea that we had: head indoors! Since it was just sprinkling, we headed to the Midway to ride some rides. Sean begged to go on the Ferris Wheel (that kid has no fear of heights) and I would've been glad to take him but he didn't make the height requirement. So Daddy and I each took a kid and agreed to meet up at the photo booth later. However....before "later" came it began to rain. Big sheets of sideways rain, huge drops and Sean and I got drenched. At first I wasn't pleased but that allowed me to cross this item off the list:
Sean was thrilled to stomp in every puddle that he could get to! I hope his sneakers dry out.
Soaked and two tired kiddos later, we decided to call it a day. As we were walking out, wouldn't you know it...the sun started to shine and warm everyone up. I, however, took off my shoes and soaking wet socks for the ride home.
It was a fun day and I'm glad we went. Maybe we can try it again in a couple of years.