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The Fair

Saturday we made our annual pilgrimage to The Fair. Why why why why why? OK, it was a nice day, not very crowded, and it was fine. I just don't understand why we need to go to these things. For example, if I stood in my front yard and spun my son around in a circle all afternoon, someone would call Child Protective Services. However, take him to The Fair, spend a small fortune on ride tickets, and pay some toothless carny to spin him around on some rickety ride, and it is all good clean fun. Would I pay through the nose for artery clogging food anywhere else? Hell, no. At The Fair? We'll take 2, please. Gack.

Well, Alex blew through the ride tickets that I got him in no time, then spent all of his saved up allowance on more tickets. He was tall enough for nearly all the rides this year, and wanted to ride everything. There was only ride that he said "terrified" him, and it was pretty gruesome. Otherwise he did great. I didn't make him get on anything - he just picked the ones that he liked.

After we were out of bankruptcy inducing ride tickets we ate an over-priced lunch and then walked around and looked at stuff. The Fish and Game people always have a neat display where you can shoot a bow and arrow, and kids can catch and release a fish. Alex got a dragon painted on his shoulder, and then we walked around and looked at the animals. One cow had a calf while we were there.

I guess I have a love hate thing about the fair. I'm sure that we'll go again next year and I'll pay for more strangers to spin my kid.


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