Monday, July 28, 2008

The Canyon County Fair

Saturday afternoon Jim came home from his Scouting High Adventure camp (pictures of that to come soon -- hopefully). He and the boys had a blast. Even though I could tell Jim was beat from the trip, he still managed to take Tralee and I to the Canyon County Fair. We were excited to do something as a family again, and the fair was in town, so we went.I have to say, The Canyon County Fair was nothing to get excited about. Maybe I'm spoiled, having grown up in Milwaukee where there's Summerfest, the world's largest music festival, a whole bunch of cultural fests, and the Wisconsin State Fair all thrown into one summer. Each event is pretty great. At least I remember them being really fun. Or, maybe I'm just homesick for Wisconsin, either way the Canyon County Fair was a little lame. But, we made the best of it.First Jim played a fair game -- and lost. Was it worth the five bucks to throw three basketballs into mishapped basketball hoops? Not really, but we just chalked it up as a fun fair experience. Then we saw the ducky game. Tralee loves her rubber duckies at home, so we thought she would be all over it. To our surprise she wanted nothing to do with touching the duckies. I guess I can't really blame her. The worker was kind of scary, and the duckies were probably germ infested anyways. Jim and I ended up picking the three ducks for her. She won a "medium" sized prize. It was a snow leopard stuffed animal. I'm glad we got a picture of her holding it, because somewhere between the games and the cow poop, the little leopard got lost. Oh well.After the games, we walked around the 4-h exhibits, the little booths selling stuff, and then into the animal auction area. There were cows, goose, goats, chickens, and lambs for sale. Tralee enjoyed checking out the animals. A goat enjoyed snacking on Tralee's stroller. We didn't notice until another person pointed out the goat munching away on a the stroller's basket. No serious damage was done. There were some hilarious looking chickens there. They looked like muppets! Those were our favorite. There's a pictures of one in the bottom right of the collage below. Lastly we passed the food vendors. We saw some really interesting fair food. Do people actually eat fried twinkies? Sounds kinda gross to me, but whatever. Jim and I went to the pronto pup booth and bought some strawberry lemonade. It was pretty good. We all shared it. Then we went to the main arena where Three Dog Night was going to perform. We contemplated sticking around for the concert, but it was hot, Tralee was getting cranky, and we were hungry for some normal food, so we left.It was nice to get out of the house and see some interesting things. I've gotta admit, some of the people at the fair were much more interesting to see than the fair festivities. The human race comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and we saw just about every size and shape at the fair. People watching was entertaining to say the least.
After the fair we went grocery shopping, came home, popped in a movie, and just enjoyed each other's company.

Overall it was a good day. We're happy to have Jim home.


Jodi said...

Leslie - I love the way you write. It is so entertaining to read your posts. Sorry the fair was lame but glad you had a good time anyways.

Phelps Family said...

The Canyon County Fair leaves a lot to be desired! We were disappointed the first and only year we went. Now we just save our pennies for the Western Idaho fair in Boise-it's still not much but much better than this one! Glad you guys got to enjoy some family time though!