State Fair 2010: a day of firsts

10/18/2010 at 10:36 am | Posted in About town, family, just plain fun, Small Fry, snap happy | 9 Comments
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This is Small Fry before her very first State Fair ride.

We spotted the carousel just after we entered the fairgrounds, and she seemed intrigued by the horses. So Marc took her hand and got in line. I was skeptical. After all, this is the child who refused to ride a kiddie train with her grandmother over the summer. I thought for sure we’d be dealing with an epic meltdown once that merry-go-round starting going ’round.

I stand corrected.

And proud.

With her face frozen in this expression the ENTIRE time, she rode and rode and rode. Seriously. Look at those lips:

And it’s easy to see how triumphant she felt at the end of the ride. Having her own little cheering section helped, too.

Our first trip to the 2010 State Fair was a day of firsts, indeed. Not only did it mark Small Fry’s very first fair ride, it also was my sister-in-law’s boyfriend’s (got all that?) first-ever visit to the State Fair.

I have to give it to Reid. For a first-time fairgoer, he ate us under the table. Before we’d even been inside the gates for 10 minutes, he’d already scored a cinnamon bun. He ventured next for some mini donuts, then tasted one of the fair’s new delicacies this year: a chocolate-covered frozen Twinkie. And that was just the beginning. I shed a tear of pride.

Small Fry LOVED saying hello to all of her barnyard friends from last year, especially Mr. Horse and the baby piggies. Here she is strolling the Expo Center with her Bebe:

And holding baby chicks with her Aunt Amy:

And getting a good look at Mr. Horse:

She also tried out a fishing game with her dad and won a trio of “nemos” in different colors.

And, this is our girl after packing away an ice cream cone covered in sprinkles. Those suckers ended up EVERYWHERE. Even nestled in her bellybutton. See them tucked in there?

It’s safe to say that the grown-ups had just as much fun as Small Fry. Here’s my sister-in-law Amy, with Reid, on her all-time favorite ride, the Alpine Bobs. You could hear her shrieks over the music. Awesome.

Tuckered out after a long day at the fair. Belly full of ice cream (and a hot dog bun, natch). Pinky the pig in hand. I’d say our first visit was a success.

Up next? Some shenanigans with the Deputy. Stay tuned!



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  1. First of all props to hubs for finding the cinnamon buns! That would be the first on my list too!

  2. ohh, you had an awesome time!!!

  3. Have I mentioned how scrumptous your baby girl is? Sprinkles in the belly button! :o}

    Looks like a fabulous time. Can’t wait to hear about the bacon!

  4. That picture of the sprinkle in the belly button killed me with cuteness. And the one on the roller coaster is fantastic!! Man, I love the fair. Glad you guys had so much fun!

  5. So much fun! My niece looooves “neigh-neigh go up and downs” (carousels)!

  6. What awesome pictures! We went to the fair last night and had a ball –LOVE this time of year! I give you mad props for trying the KK burger πŸ™‚ –you are brave.

  7. I loved this post!! So fun! Small Fry is the cutest πŸ™‚
    She reminded me of the first time Bresho rode the carousel… he was SO serious. Riding those big horses is serious stuff when you are little!

  8. Beautiful and fun! Makes me wish we had gone … but only a little bit. πŸ˜‰ Maybe next year!

  9. […] the fair through Lily’s eyes over the last few years has made it even more magical. And this year Sophie will get to tear it up. […]

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