Where do you start?
Corndogs? Midway? Animal barns?
They key is to have a loose plan of what you want to do before you get there. Try to stick to that plan and you'll have a great time. But, remember it's a loose plan. Don't let the rigidness of your plan ruin the experience. If your plan is to hit the rides first, but you see a cob of roasted corn too good to pass up, get it!
I left most of the planning to my two young daughters.
They wanted to start with the Midway. After dropping $20 on ride tickets, we were off! First, was the giant slide. Four-bucks per person seemed excessive, but the smiles afterwards made it more than worth it. We wrapped up the rides with the docile, Dizzy Dragons spinning ride.
Next was the animal barns. I was impressed with how clean the 4-H kids keep the animals and facilities. I always dread the riot act I must read to my kids before we see the farm animals. Don't stick your fingers in the cages! A few years ago a co-worker stuck her fingers in the horse cage. Her flange must have looked like a carrot, so the horse bit her digit right off. True story. Obviously, I would prefer that my girls have all of their fingers intact. After a few conversations with the baby piglets and mini-horses we were ready to eat.
Corndogs are a given. We also indulged on an incredible roasted corn cob. Some new items I saw at the Fair this year were, crab cakes, doughnut burgers, and a bunch of fun, frozen cocktails.
After feasting at a cool place in the shade we were ready for the Grand Finale, the dog show.
This wasn't just any dog show. This was the Olate Dogs! They won last year's version of, "America's Got Talent". Which doesn't make a whole lot of sense since they're from Brazil. But, I digress. The show was great! My daughters loved it as much as I did. I don't want to give too much away, but the dogs walk and dress like humans. And, I swear they were smiling the entire time!
All in all, the Fair is a fantastic time that comes once a year. I'm glad I have kids to bring along. It's so much fun watching the Fair through their eyes. The Fair makes us all feel like a kid again.
*image courtesy of: Pixabay.com