Sunday, July 26, 2009
We haven't done much traveling this year. We had a staycation this week, mostly due to the need to spend time with much needed home maintenance and R&R. But we planned to spend a day at the Elkhart County 4H Fair. It is the largest county fair in the state and something like the 2nd or 3rd largest in the country. Its been about 20 years since we have been to this fair. We usually go to the fair in our county, but since Elkhart is larger and prices were reduced and parking is free, that's where we went.
$20 each bought Laurie and the boys a wristband that entitled them to ride rides all day. When we entered the fair on this cool breezy day, we were hit with about a million scents all at once. Most of it was food cooking since we entered near the club food restaurants. Lots of sweet smells too. Do you know they even had deep fried peanut butter and jelly? We didn't try it. I am game to try anything, but I draw the line on some things depending on the price.
My first path while the kids rode the rides was straight to the home craft exhibits. I was interested to find a few really nice pieces of jewelry. I was wowed by entries in the quilted fabric items and mixed media fabric items. Made me antsy to start some project in that area. There were several entries that used pictures transferred to fabric. I'll be looking for a book with detail on how to do it. The entries in photography totally blew me away. Amazing talent was displayed in the entire exhibit. What a wonderful opportunity for artist's work to be recognized.
We walked through the commercial exhibit buildings. There were a few vendors there that caught my eye. Since the current bane to my existence is dog hair, I was drawn to a booth selling washable lint rollers. I think I had one a long time ago. I hope I liked it because I bought another today.
Then, we all met up to eat supper. We each picked what we wanted and met at Nelson's chicken, a local restaurant booth that invented the most wonderful way of grilling chicken and ribs. I never met a rib I didn't like, so of course that was my choice.
We topped off the day by watching the demolition derby, which was free grandstand entertainment. Yes, we spent a ton of money but we spent it in our own town and everyone had a wonderful day and ate well. What more can you ask for?