Thursday, August 20, 2009

Indiana State Fair 2009

Wednesday I took the kids to the state fair. I have fond memories of going almost every year as a kid and enjoying the food and seeing everything. As an added bonus, our local paper had a coupon in it for free admission, so we all got in for the 75 cents the paper cost me. What a deal! We didn't even have to pay for parking! It wasn't too hot in the morning, but it was humid and sprinkled on us a few times, but we didn't let a few drops damper our fun.

We got to see cows, sheep and pigs....VERY big pigs. The sign by one said "World's Largest Boar" and said he weighed 1175 pounds! It was HUMONGOUS! We liked the seeing the sow and her liter...she was one tired mama...she had 10 piglets. I think Kaden liked the sheep the best. They were "ba-ing" a lot and it sounded funny. Plus, we got to see one sheered, which was cool.

A local helicopter that was parked at the fair...big hit with Kaden!

Another BIG hit! In fact, there were a TON of tractors...rows and rows of antique tractors and a John Deere dealership display....all of which Kaden thought he should be allowed to sit on.

A mini-digger he sat on outside the John Deere shop.

The next several pictures are of a kids farm area they had. It was so cute! First Kaden got a basket, then, every little farm building we went to on the path had directions for "Farmer" Kaden to do. He collected grains (which he then fed to the pigs, as you see in this picture), collected an egg, picked an apple, planted a seed, harvested a vegetable, rode his tractor, milked a cow, and got wool from a sheep. At the end, he "sold" all his stuff at the market (sorted the items in bins) got paid, and bought a snack (he chose a little box of Apple Jacks) at the "grocery store." It was so fun!

Marin eating the fake apple Kaden picked from the orchard.

Riding his tractor around the circle.

Milking the cow...he really liked this. Water came out when they milked her, which he thought was funny.

We got to see the famous pig races. It was quite a humorous event that they did several times a day. Kaden's favorite part was that they raced for an Oreo (which he loves). Marin cried each time the race started and the crowd started cheering. Luckily, there were only 3 heats, so the racing didn't last long.

For lunch Kaden had pizza and I had a polish sausage and lemonade shake-up (fair food is at the top of my list of favorites)! Yum, yum! Marin ate about half of the bread from my bun. To top it off, we had a funnel cake before heading out. I felt like I'd died and gone to heaven! It was Kaden's first funnel cake and I think his words were "ummmm...this is delicious!"

We were all exhausted as we made our way back to the van (and the sun was out and it was HUMID). I "logged" about 10,000 steps on my pedometer from the fair alone (this is typically my daily goal). We all laid down for naps at 2pm, and at 4:30 I had to go wake both still-sleeping children. Guess that's a sign of a fun filled morning!

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