We took a break from the chaos of moving yesterday (we got the gas all set up...which means hot water, cooking, and heat), to do something as a family. We went to the Rochester Fair:). I haven't taken the kids myself in a couple years, due to finances. This year however, they are doing a special of $10 to get in for everyone except under 3, which are free, and then the rides are free. This is a huge thing for everyone due to the economy being what it is. Usually you were paying $10 to get in, then it could cost you well over $20 for one child to ride just a few rides.
The one thing I don't like about the fair, and most of them in this area have done this, is that it is more about the midway than the agricultural side of things. It didn't use to be this way, and despite the resurgence of agriculture and self-sufficiency, it hasn't changed. There were some good animals to look at though:
We got there just as the oxen pull was starting so we sat and watched some of it while we ate some decadent french fries.
And then we toured the animal barns
We of course went to the midway. It was actually pretty hysterical, Sam and I convinced the boys to go on the ferris wheel with us. Both were gripping the center pole before the ride was half over, and lamenting (whining) about how high we were! LOL!
We also ate:) Unfortunately, they closed up shop around 9:30 for some reason, so we weren't able to get our fried dough before we left. That is one of the reasons I go!!!
The best part of the entire night though was just getting to spend time with my amazing kids, laughing and having a good time. Nothing can replace that gift!