By Shawna Last weekend saw your intrepid heroine at the Spencerville Fair. I made it just in time for the last round of the greased pig contest, then met up with a friend and we took my kids through the Small Animal and Poultry Barn before checking out a couple of the horse competitions. We were contemplating hitting the midway when my husband arrived with his friend (such a social day!), and they ferried the kids off to go on a few rides and play a few games, though my youngest eventually ended up at the tractor pull and my daughter got to ride the kiddie roller coaster and cajole her uncle Bob into pretty much anything she wanted. Since both my friend Raceytay and I are into the photo thing, this freed us up to wander around and take some pics. In addition to the de rigeur shots of my kids on the carousel, we both ended up with, among others, shots of candied apples; mine were caramel while hers were the classic red sugar.
Other highlights: the classic fair food (pogos, Beavertails, fries ‘n hotdogs, soda, GIANT multicoloured lollipop), a high-diving show, watching my husband hit a sensor with a giant sledgehammer to win inflatable aliens for my kids, and trying to shoot the star out of a piece of paper with a BB gun (I can never resist trying at least once).
This weekend we’ll be hitting the Richmond Fair. If it runs true to form, there will be a petting zoo, a show by Little Ray’s Reptiles, an activity centre for the kids (last year, in addition to the usual music and drawing, they could try to identify full-sized plastic horse’s bones based on comparing them to a skeleton model), and a good display of antique tractors. Though we no longer need it, it’s nice to know they have a space for both baby-changing and breastfeeding too.
Maybe we’ll see you there!
Shawna is mom to 4-year-old Sage and 2-year-old Harris. She has been writing online since 2003, and her latest project is a fledgling photography blog. She loves fall fair season as much as her kids.