Friday, August 1, 2014

Things are Looking UP (literally and figuratively).

I know some people don't care for the local fairs, but my kiddos and I love 'em. My teen likes to see the animals, ride the big rides (especially those that go very fast, or flip upside down), and eat elephant ears.

He still likes (and fits in) the kiddie rides.
My little guy likes to ride the kiddie rides.

He even likes the Merry-Go-Round
He even enjoys hopping on the merry-go-around.

This pic. makes me laugh. He went on the slide over and over again.
He liked the 'butterflies' it gave him in his tummy. ;)

But, every year, my youngest really wants to ride the bigger rides, and he's just not tall enough.  This year, things for him are looking up (literally and figuratively) because he's tall enough to ride (some of the big rides)!!  We had all-day wrist bands, so he rode that big slide pictured above, over and over again. You can see how little he looks going up the stairs with his burlap sliding sack under his arm. Awww.  That picture makes me laugh. He is growing up so big, so fast, but he still looks so little to me sometimes. :)

His first year being big enough to ride!
This year, the fair was a big deal for little man because he got to ride the swings. This was his first time and he loved it!

Peeping over the top of the bar on the Ferris Wheel
He also braved the Ferris Wheel (twice) ...

First time on the Tilt-a-Whirl without mom. He was thrilled to be at the height minimum.
and he got to ride without Mom on the Tilt-a-Whirl. He thought that was cool, I thought nuh uh, I'm going on that too, so I went with him on the next go around. If his chronic laughter was any indication, he didn't his mama riding at all. ;)

I was happy that he got to experience some things that were new to him this year. We had a great time!

Fairs & Sno Cones make this kid happy. :)
My favorite thing about the fair though, is it's a super easy way to make the kids happy, and create those summer memories I know they'll look back on and appreciate some day. Our fair is gone now, but it was a blast while it was in town, and we closed it down two days in a row. :)

I love summer! 

83 comments:

Christy Maurer said...

I love the swings at amusement parks! I haven't been on them in years. He looks like he's having fun :)

Sandee said...

I so loved to do this back when my son and then my grand-babies were young. They so loved it and we still talk about those times to this day. Great fun and tons of lifetime memories.

Have a fabulous weekend. :)

Janine Huldie said...

I love summer, too and my girls absolutely love the big slide, but still go on with Kevin at our local church fair that they had this past year now, too :)

Masshole Mommy said...

My kids love those local fairs, too. I don't mind the rides necessarily, but I always feel like I go there and end up spending a small fortune between the tickets and the snacks.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That does look fun! We haven't been to the fair in a couple of summers.

Kung Phoo said...

Me too, i only like kiddie rides.. my wife and son love the bigger rides.

Brian Miller said...

cool. i love the local fair...i wish we had a good one...there is one about an hour south...its so expensive though...tickets tickets...ha....love all the rides...and the sack slide for sure...

Tami said...

I can't remember the last time a fair came to town here in Trinidad. We have circus' though, but that's not nearly as fun as a fair.

Elephant's Child said...

Oh my goodness. He looks so TINY in that Ferris Wheel seat.
And is growing up fast.

jaime said...

I know the day is coming that my son will be begging to ride the bigger rides. Can't I just keep him little a little bit longer?

Jacquelineand.... said...

He looks so delighted, (and tiny) what a wonderful memory you've helped him create!
I don't 'do' fairs anymore but I'm sure I'd change my mind in a hurry if we had a little around... I need to adopt a grandbaby or two. =)

Lesley said...

It looks like so much fun!! Yah! What memories you must have enjoyed!

Cassie Tucker said...

The swing and the big slide use to be my favorite when I was a kid. It looks like he had a blast!!

Lindsey Paris said...

I love watching people there. The funnel cakes and terrible for you snacks are not to be missed!

Anonymous said...

I love summer traditions,too. Making memories with your family is the best!

bxcrochet said...

I love going to fairs. I just discovered that my daughter loves carousels.

Michelle F.

Pat Hatt said...

We don't really have a good one around here, there have been a few tacky offbeat ones but nothing fun. Glad he grew and was able to go on a new ride or two

Staci K. Photography said...

Love going to the fair. The elephant ears are my favorite part

Pam said...

I love the German swings! I bet your son had a blast, finally being able to ride some of the bigger rides. My kids were so excited when they could finally ride what they wanted.

Ben Butler said...

I love a good fair. When I was a kid growing up in Alabama, we'd always go to the county fair. It was awesome.

Amber said...

I love the pictures looks like everyone had a blast!! I like the festivals in the Fall time personally, so not too much sweating going on lol

Aimee Fauci said...

Now those are my kind of rides! I love the easy going ones!

GayNYCDad said...

Yes, it keeps changing. I still remember waiting to meet the height requirements, now that is long past!

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I love small town fairs like this! =)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Small town fairs are so much fun and that sno cone looks yummy! The state fair will be starting up soon and I'd love to go. I'm too old for the carnival part...haha!...but the exhibits and shows are fun to see. Oh to be a kid again...just long enough to ride the carousel!

Kayla at Many Sparrows said...

So much fun! So sweet to make memories at small town fairs.

Binky said...

I liked those burlap bag slides! Tall enough to be fun, but not too tall.

DeDa Studios said...

We love local fairs - our county fair is in two weeks. This weekend we are heading to the Wisconsin State Fair!

Jessica Peeling said...

Fairs are so much fun! It's cute that he got to go on the big kid rides this time! I used to go on everything and now I have to take motion sickness pills beforehand, lol!

menopausal mama said...

I love going to fairs and Tilt-A-Whirl is one of my favorite rides!

A Helicopter Mom said...

We love fairs and theme parks of all kinds. It seems like there's something here every couple of months.

Danielle @ We Have It All said...

Aww, what a fun time! I love fairs like this! Those slides were always my favorite.

Carla said...

Your son is so cute! I skipped the state fair this year, but my guys went one day. They had fun. Elliott loves those slides, too. :) They ended up meeting up with one of Elliott's friends (unplanned) that he hadn't seen all summer so they rode rides together for a while. It got Elliott on rides he probably would have skipped otherwise. He's not very adventurous at all.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I am not a big fan of the fair, simply because I get sick at them every year lol. That, and they are crazy expensive. We tell the girls we can either do the fair, or pay the same price to go to Cedar Point. They would pick the latter in a heartbeat :)

Glad little man had a great time and got to experience new things at the fair this year!

Kristin said...

Oh how fun. I really want to go to the county fair. Can't wait for ours!

Kay Adeola said...

We love going to fairs,How lovely that you son was able to enjoy the rides he has been wanting to do for a while.It is always so nice seeing kids getting to enjoy their first times like this.

Sweepster said...

Eat elephant ears? What is that? Is that like beaver tails?

April Mims said...

It's a big day when you're tall enough to ride the rides! Local fairs are way more fun than the big fairs where you have to drive for a long time, fight the crowds, and spend a fortune.

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

I too am a lover of local fairs. It all seems so old fashioned. My only concern is the safety of the rides.

Robin said...

I loved the fair as a kid. I, too, remember anxiously anticipating that day when I would be tall enough to ride the "good rides." That slide did look really fun. I wouldn't have minded that one even now. I guess I do have a little kid alive and well in here!

Rebecca Swenor said...

I love the State Fair. There is so much to do and it is great fun for the whole family. I make it a must to have at least one elephant ear. lol Thanks for sharing.

mail4rosey said...

Fried and powdered dough. Huge. I've never heard of eating a beaver tail. I'm off to look it up. :)

Joyce Lansky said...

He's such a cute little guy. I'm glad he had fun at the fair and is still enjoying summer. Our kids are back at school on Monday.

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Mellisa said...

I LOVE going to my Local Fair. It comes every Sept and we count down the days.

alissa apel said...

My boys love rides. Isaak's not tall enough for many of the rides though.

Shell said...

That slide looks like such fun! I love fair food.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad he got to enjoy some bigger rides. Often county fairs are just as good as the state fair.

Rose-Marie said...

I love country fairs, they are my favorite!!! I love the food, the laughs, the exhibits, etc. That slide looks like fun, I'm too spooked to do anything more than that. They are good memories, too, from when you were little, and still fun now!

Anonymous said...

My youngest is the same way. She wants to do anything and everything that the older two do but she's often too short when it comes to rides

Chrissy Mazzocchi said...

It looks like he had such a fun time! I love going to places like these with the kids :)

Kath Rivera said...

When my son was a toddler he doesn't want to ride carousel and try the slides. But one day he tried the slides and he liked it.

Natalie Summers said...

This looks like so much fun, we still haven't taken the kids to a fair, I know they would love it though.. maybe next year when the little ones are bigger..

Kristi Maloney said...

Hooray for your little (big) guy reaching that milestone. I remember those days! :)

Alysia Casteels said...

I'm in Ontario, Canada, and I'm not sure where abouts you're located but this fair looks EXACTLY like our hometown one. Funny how there's not much different in the rides, or the look of them, from place to place and generation to generation.

Can't beat a classic, I suppose!

Launna said...

I loved the fair as a child... both my girls have had so much fun over the years .. :-D

Couponing in Central Florida! said...

Glad to hear things are looking up for you. Fairs are so much fun!

Chrystal Mahan said...

I always think little local fairs and festivals can be a lot of fun. We have quite a few that bring in local animals from farms so that at least we know their is no question about treatment.

Heather Jones said...

Ah!! This is great! We did Disneyland earlier this year and there was one ride that JJ couldn't go on that he really wanted to and it brought him to tears. The only thing that helps after that is cotton candy. I think we will have to hit our local carnival next summer. It is crazy how fast they grow up.

Becka M said...

Aww he looks like he had a great time. They just seem to grow too fast. My littlest is starting to notice brother and sister doing things she can't do.

Rena McDaniel said...

In my opinion there is nothing more exciting than seeing a county fair through a kids eyes. I love the fair!

Ann B said...

My daughter loves going to local fairs and doing all the rides. She loves playing the games, winning prizes and eating all the junk food.

JackieJacks said...

I remember being too small for the big-kid rides :( I'm still barely 5 feet tall lol. It was so sad when all my friends could go on rides that I couldn't and we were the same age.

LifeAsAConvert said...

That looks like fun! My kids love those slides.. I'm slightly fearful of them.

Mommy 2 J.A.M. said...

My kids would absolutely love this place. They love the slides and all those kid rides. OMG looks like you had a lot of fun.

Cynthia Wright said...

How much fun! I'm glad they had such an awesome time!

Kenya G. Johnson @ KenyaGJohnson.com said...

Love the "peeping" one. Christopher would not get on a ride without me. He's not crazy about rides in general and it's been a couple years not since he tried one. Maybe this next year will be the year he discovers it's really fun. I wonder if fairs travel according to weather? It'll be nice here in October and that's when ours will be here. I guess your October will be too cold?

Rachael Yerkes said...

I feel your and his pain. We get season passes every year to our local theme park, and my youngest boy has been just a bit too short for the last two years to ride the big roller coasters. He is always so disappointed. Looks like a fun place to visit.

Christie C said...

He's so much braver than my son! We're hoping to reach some height limits this year!

Carly from The Puzzled Palate said...

How exciting for your kiddo! My kids are still way under the "you must be this tall to ride" line!

debdenny said...

Awww. How fun and exciting. Always cool to hit a milestone.

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

I love local fairs how fun!

mail4rosey said...

Probably too cold. *sigh* ;)

Janeane Davis said...

It looks like your family had a great time in a beautiful place. There is something wonderful about giving your kids a great day to have fun and remember forever.

Fiddlin' Dandi said...

This looks like such a fun place! My son would really enjoy a visit there.

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my - he has grown up so fast hasn't he? Glad he was able to ride some more rides - I love fairs like that too.

Colette S said...

I have not yet been to a fair and I want to go!
Look at all that fun to be had!
I hope it's not just for kids :)

You guys really had fun! And nothing better in a long fun day than sno-cones :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I love local fairs!! Especially corn dogs and funnel cakes :)

The Mommy-Files said...

Looks like you all had a great time! Love the pictures!

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

We went to Disneyland a couple of years ago and my baby was JUST tall enough to get on almost all the rides. It was hilarious because she could fit under the measuring stick, but as soon as she stood to her full height, her head would just touch the bottom. IN! I also love summer.

Maria said...

ahhh, fairs are the best, aren't they?! they always leave you feeling happy...almost giddy. i used to love them as a kid, but to see the fun through your child's eyes...it's incredible! i love what you said about it being so easy to make them happy! it's so true!
that's so awesome your son got to try out some of the "older" rides!! and so awesome you got a band for all day! that's the way to do it!
thanks for sharing your memories, rosey! i hope you're having a great week! xoxox

Maria said...

ps - i've been meaning to ask you if you have Instagram?

~ Noelle said...

what an awesome mom- he looks like he had a really fun time :)

mail4rosey said...

My husband and I don't have smart phones. We're too cheap to pay a hundred dollars a month for the phone bill. ;)

My teen has Instagram though (she was gifted an iPhone and gets her bill paid by a relative who thought she would be deprived without one, *snort*). I think it's cute concept. I could make an Instagram account photo heavy in no time, let me tell ya!! With your cute little one, I'm guessing you can/do too. :)