Oh yes, it will be great fun!!!

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It’s a chilly very rainy day here but we are off to the Fair and will visit all the inside shops and free shows today.  I may even get a chance to check these guys out doing their show if it’s not too rainy…..don’t judge 🙂

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Kachunga Alligator show

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Local SWAT team

County Fair

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I must admit I am a TOTAL crazy woman over our local County Fair.  See what it’s all about here.  

My friends know during this time I will spend every waking moment I can get away from work and be there with my children. We will get there by 10:45 a.m. and get home around midnight for the next few days.

I have a hard time understanding when people say..it’s always the same every year.  They just don’t know how to enjoy it.  This fair offers something to do for all 12 days it is here.  I usually take my children 8 to 9 days of the 12 it’s in town.  They offer “preferred parking” if you purchase it online and it’s close to the gaits to get in.  We pack a cooler with drinks and push a stroller with the cooler and our jackets, misting fans when it’s hot, and all our purchases. 

Our cooler is packed with food and snacks as I am not a huge “fair food” person.  Don’t get me wrong, I love trying the deep fried gummy bears and triple decker donut hamburger (think deep fried hamburgers) as well as the crazy french fries, onion rings, fried twinkies, oreos, turkey legs, and so on.  But I prefer to stick to food that makes me feel energized and have a few of those treats throughout our days.  So our cooler has grapes, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, granola bars, and fruit snacks.  The kids don’t care either way as they’d rather eat from the cooler while waiting to take in one of the 30 or so free shows.  There is a balloon guy, a juggler, a clown, chinese acrobats, high flying trampoline boys, dog show, sea lion show, and new this year an alligator wrestler.  We will get the schedule tomorrow morning and I will circle each time/day we will watch a show.  Last year we were able to see every show and some of them more than once (ok the balloon guy and Indian dancers knew my kids names after all our visits).  Yes, I am a fanatic but it’s very inexpensive, offers many wonderful teachings about history (soap making, paper making, wood carving, displays of old time military outfits, horseshoe making) as well as cow shows, goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits and of course horses.  We have shown our horses at this fair also. 

I would love to share some of the pictures from previous years.  See days from last year with these links.  I promise you they are worth the time to look through.  You will understand why I love this time of year and why I soak in every minute I can with my family!!

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2012 pics

Ride around our Island

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our bridge from the underside

Friday the man of the house announced he had been looking at a boat and decided to buy it. SURPRISE…oh boy.  It’s not that I don’t like boats as we live on an Island surrounded by water and had a boat before we had children, horses, goats, chickens, rabbits, dogs and 34 acres of land.  We enjoyed that boat for 5 wonderful years until there was no time.  How can we fit this into our schedule now??

He has brought up buying a boat for a few years now and being a city boy who adapted to my farm lifestyle I know I must bend to some of his forms of entertainment.  Our children have only been on a boat once so they were more than excited.  How could I be the party pooper pointing out all the negatives?  (not that I didn’t I just did not do it in front of the kids). 

So yesterday after we worked on the gardens and finished about 3/4 of the projects on our to do list we took our maiden voyage.  I have some wonderful pictures to share showing the sights around the Island.  The kids are already waiting to go again today.  And I realized last night this is another way our family can enjoy time together!!

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loading up to go

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71 year old gram with hair flying

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City of Buffalo in distance

 

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Chance waiting to take off

 

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selfies

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cool boat ahead

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amazing what you find on the water

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Our friends Don and Cindy

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cruising

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sunset heading home