We took the kids to the Puyallup Fair (stupidly renamed the Washington State Fair this year) on Friday. It was great weather for the fair and the crowds were fine because we went during school hours. We did all the usual stuff, food, animals, rides and games and it was fun. I kinda wish we could have spent a few more hours there, but our kids are still young and they were at their max.
I love this picture and I love this man. Ben is such a great dad.
The little kids fished, shot bow and arrows and checked out animal furs in the outdoors exhibit.
Molly’s outgrown most of the activities we are used to doing, but she still had fun goofing around and looking at things with me. She beat me at the handwashing station again this year, though I’m disputing the victory. I think it was a tie.
We didn’t catch too many animals this year, but we did make a trip through the petting zoo and a walk through 4-H canine exhibit. The dogs and cats are always one of our favorite things to look at. We also saw at some absolutely adorable piglets. I had a lot of empathy for the the poor mama pig who was laying on the ground while all her piglets jumped and tugged at her.
And of course we had the boys participate in the Wool Riders only mutton bustin’ competition. They were so excited and William had set some goals for himself since this is his last year of being able to ride. (The cut off is age 7 or 60lbs.) He really wanted to have a full ride (6 seconds) and take 1st place. Both the boys had a great ride. Once they go the full 6 seconds, they are scored based on style. William earned 81 points and Henry earned 79 points.
William’s ride earned him 3rd place. Second place was 82 points and first was 82.5 so it really was a close race. At first he was disappointed that he had not come in first, but then he softened up a bit and was happy.
Adelaide’s favorite part was by far the rides. She would have ridden every single ride if we had had the tickets to do so. It made me really excited for Disneyland in November. She is going to have SO much fun.
Oliver was a good sport, but by the end he was definitely done with sitting in the stroller and being carried in the Ergo. He needed some crawling time and he needed it bad.
I don’t know if we’ll keep going down to Puyallup for the fair. It’s a long drive and the fair hits closer up North to us in August though it is a little smaller. Maybe we’ll try it next year and see. The annual pilgrimage to the fair has been a tradition for our family and traditions are hard to break.