Originally being from Wisconsin, the state fair is a huge spectacle with all sorts of food being the focus of the event. Some of these foods are corn on the cob, grilled in the husk, then peeled back and dipped in an old coffee can full of melted butter, ten sprinkled with salt and pepper. Another is the hand made cream puffs that are made inside a refrigerated building you walk through to get your creamy delight, enjoying not only the sweets, but also the cool temperatures. And of course, there is the brat. If you say it while you are pinching your nose closed, you will get the nasally accent that a true Cheesehead will have as they order up their brat, with or without kraut.
So the Virginia state fair rolled into town and we got a great deal on season passes through Groupon. Have I mentioned how addictive Groupon is? Car detailing, restaurant deals, and now the state fair! Some friends of our grabbed the deal on Groupon along with us, so it was off we go!
This year we made it to the fair for two days. We had the season passes, so we had to use them more than once. The first trip I convinced all the people involved, five kids and three other adults, including The Good Wife, to check out the animal pavilions before going on the rides. Partly because I don't like the rides, and partly because I wanted everyone to get a real feed of what a fair is all about. Although I did take a photo of the kids on the display board simulating a roller coaster!
We checked out the chickens, the ducks, got a bucket of mini donuts, looked at all the displays of vegetables that were entered into the competitions, watched a cow judging, which I have no idea what the judge is looking for. Of course some time was spent with the kids climbing all over the farm tractors on display. We also checked out the calving barn, and there was a newborn calf less than 24 hours old laying there next to its mama.
There was the arts and crafts pavilion, which wasn't appreciated by the kids, but the photos entered into the competitions were fun to look at. By the time we looked at everything that wasn't a ride, it was time to go! The only thing that kept the kids at bay, was a promise that we would come another day. And so we did.
The next trip to the fair was all about the rides. When I commented that we needed to check out the animal pavilions before going on the rides, I thought we were going to have a mutiny. Off to the rides we went.
Each child got a wristband for unlimited rides. From one ride to the next, watching them toss and turn, flip and fly and spin and roll. My stomach was loosening up just watching them, and both of my feet were firmly planted on the ground. After a little bit, they were hungry again, even though we had eaten at home before going to the fair. So some french fries were bought and shared with the group. Then more rides. And more rides. And...
Apparently french fries from a state fair and rides at a state fair don't mix. At least not inside the stomach! But after about a half hour, he was back at it and in the rides with the rest of the kids, and nothing left in his stomach.
Overall, we all had a great time at the VA state fair. It isn't the size or food spectacular of the WI state fair, but it is still a lot of fun. Of course, my favorite part is the animals, but I know the kids loved the rides!