Wednesday, October 24, 2012

NC State FAIR 2012

Oh how I LOVE the fair!  I have gone to the fair every year since I was little.  This includes working at the FFA Children's Barnyard when I was in High School!  My mom used to sing a song about a week leading up to our planned trip.  It goes...

We're going to the Fair, Fair, Fair.
How about you, you. you
You can come too, too, too
We're going to the Fair, Fair, Fair!!!

If you know my mom you know that she makes up songs about EVERYTHING!!! I realized this year that the reason I love the fair so much is because of the excitement my mom shows toward the fair!  I came to the realization when Jake and I went over to my parents house on Friday night, Janessa was spending the night and we were eating supper.  All of a sudden, Janessa starts singing, "We're going to the fair, fair, fair..."  At this point I KNEW my mom had been singing that all afternoon!  I LOVE seeing the traditions Scott and I had growing up are being passed down to the next generation even if it is just a silly song about being excited about going to the fair!  
At the FFA Children's Barnyard!
This barnyard is special to me because I worked at the barnyard for 4 years while I was in high school.  It just so happened when we went by the barnyard it was closed and we decided we would come back later.  As we were walking past, my high school agriculture teacher was opening the large barn windows! He invited us in the side door and we were able to enjoy the barnyard all to our self!  As we were leaving they opened the doors to the line waiting outside!
Pony Ride!  Janessa was so scared, but she had fun anyway!
Janessa was such a big girl and rode rides all by herself!  I had to remind her that I couldn't ride all the rides with her.   Her response was, "Thats ok Aunt Lucy.  I'm a big girl!" Oh how we love her so much!  She found a friend who was also riding by herself and they became best buds!
Pops and Janessa on the swings.  Janessa does NOT like to swing because they go high.  We were not sure how she was going to enjoy the swings, but these did not go high, they just spun around.  She LOVED them.   
Hobby Horses
Roller Coaster
AHH corn!  We all LOVE corn!! How cute is she holding it all by herself??
Pig Races
If you have small kids and have never been to the pig races you are missing out!! The pig races are so funny and are such fun!  They only last about 15 minutes and are HILARIOUS!! They race 5 different times.  The pigs start off, then its the billy goats, ducks,  pot belly pigs, and the rookies (Pigs that have only raced a few times).  They are too funny!    
After the pig races, my parents left because Janessa was getting very tired.  Then it was time for Jake and I to enjoy riding the big rides and eat some of our favorite food!  I only got this picture but we enjoyed a chocolate dipped cheesecake on a stick, Al's French Fries, Corn, and a fresh squeezed lemonade.  Oh how we love fair food and look forward to it all year round!
Jake at the Turkey Shoot.
We rode the BIG swings.  By BIG swings, I mean the ones that go REALLY high.  We were able to sit together  and talk and really enjoy ourselves.  In the picture above, Jake could not get out of his swing!  HA too funny!
We also rode the Himalaya.  This was HILARIOUS! Jake of course sat on the outside because as the ride is in motion gravity pulls you to the outside of the cart.  We laughed the entire time.  I was trying to pull myself off of him as he was yelling, "GET OFF OF ME!"  My stomach hurt when we got off this ride from laughing so much!

What a great year at the fair!  This was my first year being able to go with Janessa as my parents always took her while I was at school.  We had such a fun time spending time with my parents and Janessa and watching her ride all the little rides.  Jake and I also enjoyed having a "Date Day" as they left earlier than us and we spent the rest of our day at the Fair and then went out to dinner after.  We went to Which? Which?, a sub/sandwhich place because we were so tired of smelling and eating fried, greasy food!  


  1. That looks SO fun! Nothin' tops the NC state fair :)

  2. Fun, fun time! We love the fair too :)