The Florida State Fair starts tomorrow! Ever since our children joined 4-H a couple of years go, we’ve been regulars at the fair. I can’t wait!
A friend of mine asked me if I have any tips or recommendations for first-timers. Even though not all of my visitors are from here in Florida, I think anyone who has gone to a state fair or is planning on attending their state fair this year will appreciate this!
Don't miss the free Blues Brothers Show, that's for sure. Or any of the free shows, for that matter! They might not be stellar performances, but they’re free and you’re just about guaranteed to ooooh, aaaaah, or chuckle at least once.
Keep your eyes open for familiar names in the Family Living Exhibit Hall. I bet you didn’t know your neighbor puts up a mean jar of zucchini relish or that noise you kept hearing from across the street was a saw turning a simple piece of wood into an amazing clock.
If you're there on the right day, by all means enjoy a good laugh at the Elvis Extravaganza (which is actually the finals for a national Elvis Impersonator competition). This might be an exclusive Florida State Fair show, but if you get the chance, see it and definitely bring your kids. Talk about a music education!
Any and all livestock shows are always fun to watch! See if you can figure out how the winners are chosen and by all means, cheer on the kids in showmanship. It takes a lot of work to keep an animal three times your size under control in the ring! Show some love and respect!
|I think she likes me!|
Live in Cracker Country! Ok, this one I know is strictly a Florida treat. Cracker Country is a living museum open all year at the fairgrounds. However, entrance to the fair also gains you entrance to Cracker Country. I love seeing the flocks of heritage breeds of chickens but the kids enjoy trying to wash laundry by hand, dipping candles, and even making rope. The blacksmith is amazing and the music seriously gets your toes tapping. Oh, the kettle korn is a must!
Save your money for the real fair goodies and pack an easy to eat lunch. You can leave the fair to go to your car and come back in, but you only have about 20 minutes.
The refillable sweet teas in the fair are the best deals on drinks.
Take lots and lots of pictures!
Try at least one freaky fried fair food. Last year we shared a deep fried Twinkie and a couple of Deep Fried Oreos, just to see what they were like. And I tried a deep fried pickle or two from Colleen's order. This year, I might go for the deep fried butter or the deep fried Kool-aid. Why? Because it's fun!
Laugh as much as possible!
Be inspired by the amazing talent of the quilters, woodworkers, artists and photographers.
See if you can pick the guy controlling the robot out of the crowd.
Finally, ride the Ferris wheel with your sweetheart and steal a little kiss when you reach the top!
|I just love Jared's entry in the Photo competition this year.|
See you at the fair!
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,