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A Perfect Night at the Fair

Monday evening was a perfect night for a trip to the North Carolina State Fair. We didn't get a chance to go over the weekend, as we'd promised Walker, because Mike was recovering from a bout with pneumonia. You know when kids get something in their heads, you can't change their minds (I'm talking about Walker of course, NOT ME...hee hee hee).

I hit up the cash machine before we left and we rolled into the parking lot with $120 in our pockets. Only 30 minutes later, we had five goldfish, three stickers, one sequin teddy bear and were $80 poorer. We hadn't eaten yet or bought ride tickets, so we hit up the cash machine, AGAIN.

My dad learned a game trick last year that we finally were able to try. When you play the goldfish game and try to throw the ping pong balls in the fishbowls, the secret is to throw the ball up high and let it bounce around instead of trying to aim straight for the bowls. That's why we are now the proud owners of five goldfish.

We were excited about the food, but we all chickened out on trying something new. I went for a slice of pizza, Mike had a barbecue chicken sandwich and Walker had a hot dog, a caramel apple and a side of mini donuts. I tried to get him to try a fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but he said no way. I did see the world's largest gummy bear and lots of friend candy bars and the like, but I've been trying to eat better lately and my stomach just couldn't handle it. I think they should offer dollar bites of stuff to people that just want to try the new items, but don't really want to eat the whole thing. I would totally go for that.

I have such wonderful memories of the fair, and Walker's going to have them too. As we walked though the rides and games, he could remember things we tried last year and what rides he liked and didn't like. To me, all the money we spent that night was worth the memories that he'll keep forever. The smells, the chill of the air, the rush of the rides. To me, they mean fall is in full swing and Halloween is close-by, which makes me smile.


  1. Looks like tons of fun! The far just arrived in our town yesterday! Your header for Halloween is adorable and just love the title of your blog! Looking forward to reading more!

  2. Your fair pics make it look not crowded ;) hehe! Glad you have 5 new fishie friends... thanks for the tip ;) We may wander over there tomorrow... the weather is perfect!! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. I like your idea of smaller, cheaper portions just to sample things! Why don't they do that? We are hoping to go to the fair this weekend.

  4. Sounds like ya'll had a great time, I'm glad!

  5. The giggles of my two year old throughout the entire ride I took her on was worth the $28 I had to pay to get her into the amusement park. I've never heard her laugh so hard and for so long! I'm glad you had a good time!

  6. hi! i found you through blue eyed bride a few months back and love reading your blog...i also live in durham. anyway, i had to comment on this post because you totally inspired me to take my 3 year old and 7 month old to the fair today. it was, in a word, awesome!

  7. My husband and I had one of our very first dates at the State Fair! Your pics brought back wonderful memories :) p.s. Found you over at Adventures in Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone..nice eyelashes! Also, love your cute little Etsy shop!!


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