Scrapping the State Fair

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.

Interesting stuff.

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?

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.