I have always loved going to the fair. . . . county fairs, state fairs. . . .they were a highlight of my summer growing up!
Surprisingly. I had never been to the Alaska Sate Fair until Sunday when Craig and I (along with others from our church) went there.
It took quite a while to drive to the fairgrounds because there were tons of people there!
Thankfully, it turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous day: sunny and warm! (I didn’t have to wear a jacket. . . . most of the day.)
We had a beautiful view of the mountains! (Kind of weird since I’ve never seen mountains while at a fair before.)
The mountains were all around us—even from the parking lot!
A big reason fairs will always hold a special place in my heart was because I was a really big into 4-H.
I would take approximately 20 projects to the fair including: photography, wood working, food, clothing (sewing), and posters/informational boards on various topics.
I would literally spend all my time during the month of June working on these projects to get them ready for the fair.
I am so enthralled and totally in my element! (nerd alert!)
I also showed pigs at the fair, so we had to stop by and see the animals.
It is kind of funny because there were so few animals. . . .maybe 5 pens of pigs, 3 dairy cows, a dozen sheep, and that’s about all. Oh, and some chickens and rabbits.
Obviously Alaska is not a farming state, but there were a few John Deere tractors. (This was a 520, not a 620—sorry Dad and Grandpa!)
Other fun sights:
The largest pig weighing in at 750 pounds. . . .doesn’t even come close to Minnesota’s largest pig at 1000+ pounds.
One thing Alaska does have on us is their extra-large vegetables!
It is quite well-known that Alaskans aren’t too fond of Texas. (I sincerely apologize to all my Texas readers; I am not in this boat!)
I think Craig makes a better pirate than me!
I know for many people, the highlight of fairs are the rides and the food, but for me, growing up, we NEVER rode rides at the fair nor bought food!
Call it a crime, but I didn’t feel deprived. . . . .the rides and food are SO expensive and the food isn’t something my stomach would appreciate anyhow.
Instead we would spend all of our time picking up the free stuff and tailgating for lunch! 🙂
The one thing my family would get at the fair was a milkshake, so I thought it was only right I continue the tradition.
Craig, on the other hand, had his fair share of fair food including this pork chop on a stick and cheese curds. (I snagged a couple bites of his food. 😉 )
Our fearless youth group leaders at our church: Greg and Craig.
After 4 hours, we had seen everything, so we went home so this grandma could go to bed!
Do you go to any county/state fairs where you live?