Have you ever been to the county fair, friends?? Apparently, this time of year is prime time for fairs! All across the country, people gather to enjoy delicious food, pet some sweet animals and just all around soak up plenty of late-summer sunshine!!
And that’s exactly what we found ourselves doing over the weekend! We piled in the car and ventured to the 130th Sandwich Fair, which was a short 30-minute drive through the picturesque rolling farmland. The green corn whooshed by as I peered out the window, and I could feel the anticipation building. Something big was on the horizon, and I’m not just talking about the tall stalks of corn!
Now, in the name of honesty and transparency on this blog, I promised my mom that I’d mention this, so here we go: At first, I wasn’t too enthusiastic about our trip to the fairgrounds. But, my mom was so excited and, I mean, she did drive all the way to Chicago just so I could see some animatronic dinosaurs, so in the car I went. Besides, I don’t even remember the last time I went to the fair because I was quite young, so…yayyy for new and exciting experiences, right?!?!?
Anyway, as we pulled in, cars lined every inch of grass. The excitement was palpable as the promise of impending fun hung in the air. Will this fair live up to all the hype and fair lore I’d heard about over the years?
Well, I was certainly about to find out!
Our first stop: Those sweet animals. Living in the Midwest, you’d think I’d come into contact with cows and sheep and goats on the regular, but surprisingly, they’re not really part of my everyday scene. It was pretty cool to get up close to all different types of animals; honestly, a big part of me wanted to take those kind sheep home!! As you can see from the photo, I had a deep connection with them!!!
We then walked around and scoped out the rest of the fair attractions. My mom, ever the Type A taskmaster, felt utterly lost without a map! She desperately needed to plot out our fun and I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos of her studying the map and, of course, leading the way!! Isn’t she just the cutest??
My favorite part, though? Easy! Walking around and seeing all the rides and games! Try as I might, I couldn’t talk my mom into going on any of the rides — she wasn’t even game for the Ferris Wheel, which is such an old classic. Maybe next year?
Also, next year, I’m bound and determined to win myself one of those stuffed animals. Sure, you probably have to pay an exorbitant amount of money to win one, but those little things are just so cute…and bright…and colorful!!! I must covet one!!!
Still with me?!?!
Seriously, though, it was such a nice, relaxing day! Just spending time with my mom was wonderful — and getting out in the fresh air didn’t hurt, either!!
TL;DR: It. Was. Spectacular. Now I’ve got an incurable case of Fair Fever! Gosh, I love the Midwest!!