5 Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Fair

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I don’t know how it is in other places, but where we are the state fair is a pretty big event. They even give the kids in my county a day off of school to go to the fair. (The next county over gets a day off for the Strawberry Festival. Clearly, we enjoy our large, outdoor events in Florida.) This past weekend we hit the midway to check out what this year’s fair had to offer. Our little visit inspired me to share with you 5 great reasons to take your kids to the fair. 

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1. The food. I know, I know. Some of our more health conscious readers who have abandoned high fructose corn syrup and white flour are cringing just thinking about it. But where else can you find booths selling deep fried Twinkies (the last of their kind) or burgers with doughnut buns or pizza cones? Personally, I don’t necessarily go for the fad foods – although several years ago my husband and I shared a corn dog that featured a hot dog encased in a hollowed-out pickle dipped and fried to perfection that I still think about. Give me funnel cakes and cotton candy and definitely a big old cup of the lemonade they make with about a full cup of sugar, the good kind of ice, and the lemon rinds tossed in, too (Sawyer loved this so much he was hugging it as he drank). We walked around the fair, buying and sharing all sorts of tasty treats, and left with happy kids and a big bag of rainbow cotton candy perfection. 

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2. The learning experiences. Our fair features a section called Cracker Country, which depicts what the area was like in the early 1900s. There are historic buildings – my kids loved seeing the old school house and the post office – with volunteers who dress in traditional clothing and share the history of the Florida cowboys. My children saw what a house was like (no television? they wanted to know), dipped wax candles, and watched a blacksmith at work. In other parts of the fair they also got to learn about cattle ranching, forests, steam engines, insects, and agriculture. I call that a win. 

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3.  The animals. Rows upon rows of chickens, bunnies, cattle and more, cared for by FFA members, were a highlight of our visit. 

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Annabella even got to hold an Angora bunny (“It's so FLUFFY!” said Like this). They could have looked at the animals all day. 

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4. The entertainment. Pan flutes, senior citizens rocking the big band classics, strolling magicians and musicians, racing pigs, cheerleading competitions, and more. Where else can you get such a diverse selection.

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5. The rides. Let me step back in time for a moment of total honesty here. The husband and I visited the fair pre-kids (the time we ate that corn dog I can’t forget) with the intention of riding ALL the rides we loved. We discussed where to start as we purchased our armbands to allow unlimited riding for the day. First stop – The Zipper. The ride was just as fun as I remembered – for the first 30 seconds or so. I spent the rest of the time hoping that this would be the last rotation and trying not to vomit. We exited the ride, agreed we were officially old, and didn’t ride another thing the rest of the day.

This time, all three kids knew that there was one ride we HAD to ride. The Ferris wheel. While the thought sparked some post-Zipper-stress, we agreed that since they all wanted to ride the same thing, we would allow for one ride. Little did we know that one ride would cost us five tickets – per person – and that tickets for our entire family to go on a single ride would set us back $30. I hesitated when I heard the cost, but when I saw three smiling faces proclaiming “I can see our house from up here!” it was definitely worth it. 

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So, my advice? Take your kids to the fair. Leave your need for good nutrition and cleanliness at home, but don’t forget your wallet. You’re going to want to take that $30 Ferris wheel ride.

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5 Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Fair

Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to a charming and handsome man, and thoroughly addicted to reading. With a BS in English Education and an MA in English Literature, words – and their ability to shape our lives and thoughts – are an everyday fascination. Af ... More

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