Last week we took our annual summer trip to the State Fair. We gorged on crazy deep-fried food-on-a-stick creations, rode the Sky Glider and learned exactly how a pig pees.
I have way more than enough photos and memorabilia to craft an entire memory book of our family trip. I also jotted down some funny anecdotes for journaling purposes and scored some cool stickers from various vendors to add as embellishments.
In between the grazing and game-playing, we spent a fair amount of time exploring the animal exhibits, and even witnessed a doggie wedding presided over by an Elvis Presley impersonator. I snapped nearly 50 pictures of a human flower girl strewing bone-shaped doggie treats down a white wedding aisle runner, a four-legged groom decked out in top hat and tails, and a nervous puppy bride who refused to keep her veil on as she made her way to her furry betrothed sporting a bejeweled collar.
The doggie nuptials were a hit with my 7-year-old, but I was more impressed with the youth exhibitors and their Grand Champion or Reserve Champion animals. The amount of time and energy these kids put into showcasing their prized livestock is nothing short of amazing. In addition to seeing first-hand how much pride these country born and bred children have in exhibiting their animals, State Fair guests get a chance to read about the relationship between the livestock and their owners by perusing through homemade albums that are placed on display near the individual stalls.
Generally, the albums were pretty basic, though some actually included scrapbook elements, such as brief descriptions of the animals and their owners. A couple of the books on display also featured adorable stories of the day the particular animal became a part of the family. Paging through the books made me think of Fern and Wilbur from “Charlotte’s Web,” though I’m pretty sure that most of the animals up for auction wouldn’t be as lucky as the talking fictional pig.
Have you ever scrapped a trip to the fair?