Friday, October 2, 2009

Wayne County Fair

I'm behind on posts again! Monday, Sept 14th, we went to the annual Wayne County Fair. As mentioned in a previous post, we live out in the country. I mean, the kids in the county get the day off to go to the fair, for crying out loud. And its tough to say this without sounding pretentious, but I'll say it anyway -- the collection of folk and their wares assembled at the fair always provides us with a certain amount of entertainment...sometimes its laughable...and most of the time, disturbingly so. I can't even write what some of the t-shirts said that were hanging on display directly next to a church's booth at the fair. Who decided to place the two adjacent to each other, I'll never know. But, to further explain things, let me just say, it takes a special talent to create and then openly display a t-shirt with profanity, a misspelling, and bad grammar all in one. HA! (Why didn't I take a picture?!?!?!)

But I digress.

First and foremost - the fair is for eating enjoyment. Here's Ben, discovering, without a doubt, the fair's largest fry, while Nick ate a steak sandwich of questionable origin.

In search of more food... found! Here's Xavier, with the telltale remnants of an area-famous Lerch's donut. Cinnamon sugar. MMMM.

B pointing out some poor kid's balloon floating away.
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The boys, marvelling at the pint-sized roller coaster.


B, on his first coaster!

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No! They're not! And shame on you for thinking so! Really, I put this picture in here, because a goat like these almost ripped the sleeve off my tshirt. I was taking a picture of B (the one after these goats who, in this picture, are trying to eat their neighbors hay, people. Stop thinking otherwise!) and the goat grabbed hold of my tshirt sleeve, and started pulling. It was a battle of wills and cotton's tensile strenth. And I'm very pleased to say, cotton and I won. :-)

B and X LOVE goats. We spent quite awhile in the goat barn.

Quote from B:
"MOM! Why is this phone hooked to the wall?! Why are the numbers on the wall part? What?! You put MONEY in it?!"
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Why are these cows spots ringed in turquoise?

I used this opportunity to explain in detail where milk comes from. Bennett knew milk comes from cows, but I wasn't sure if he knew exactly how. My explanation which took place right next to an actual cow that desparately needed milked (lol) was met with astonishment and disbelief. He was so stunned, that a couple minutes later, he said, "Mom? Cheese is made from milk from cows, right?" I said, "yes, that's right." He looked very troubled by my answer, and said, "But where does the CHEESE come OUT of a cow!?"

He got over his distress from the "origins of milk" conversation, and enjoyed his 3 scoop ice cream cone.

Xavier was tired and wanted to go home. (But he still got some ice cream too.)
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Ben was wound, and this is the only way I could get him to stop and pose with me and Xavier.

Passing the Wooster courthouse on the way home...
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Late to bed for the boys on a school night...but worth it for an evening full of discovery and interesting people watching. ;-)

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Sadly, after checking with my old 4-H husband, yes, there are market goats. Who would want to eat a goat, I'm not sure, but somebody must?
I hate it. I also hate going to see the market lambs. I always pet them and tell them I'm sorry. :(