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An Afternoon at the County Fair

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We live in a county that is mostly rural, somewhat suburban, and definitely not urban at all. The annual county fair is a big deal. So much so that there is no school on Friday and students are sent home early on Thursday. On Friday, students get in to the fair for free and all rides cost $1 until 5 P.M.

Though we homeschool, I’ve quickly learned that it’s pointless to schedule a full school day on this particular Friday. After a quick morning of math and language arts (the 3 Rs), we headed to the fair, too.

Everyone goes to the fair. We saw neighbors, soccer teammates, friends from church, friends from co-op, and our pastor and his wife. Yes, life is good in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

Our first stop? The Art building.

H's Honorable Mentions in Primary (1st-2nd) Art. The piece framed in orange is titled "Ping on the Yangtze River."

H’s Honorable Mentions in Primary (1st-2nd) Art. The piece framed in orange is titled “Ping on the Yangtze River.”

S won Junior Grand Champion in for Intermediate (3rd-5th) Art. This is her "Hamster in Ink."

S won Junior Grand Champion for Intermediate (3rd-5th) Art. This is her “Hamster in Ink.”

G's pencil sketch of an Appaloosa took a 3rd prize in Middle School Art.

G’s pencil sketch of an Appaloosa took a 3rd prize in Middle School Art.

G's pen and ink of a Siberian tiger and cub also won a Junior Grand Champion prize for Middle School Art.

G’s pen and ink of a Siberian tiger and cub also won a Junior Grand Champion prize for Middle School Art.

After reveling in their art wins, the girls wanted to visit the livestock. Here’s some of what we saw (and petted).

How can you just walk by and NOT pet the goats?!

How can you just walk by and NOT pet the goats?!

We watched these lambs get baths (power washing and Ivory soap) before they were tied up to dry in the sun.

We watched these lambs get baths (with a power washer and Ivory soap) before they were tied up to dry in the sun.

Piglets, anyone?

Piglets, anyone?

A quiet calf rests in a clean bed of hay.

A quiet calf rests in a clean bed of hay.

Posing with a friendly calf for cow-loving Compassion child Joselynne

Posing with a friendly calf for cow-loving Compassion child Joselynne

Underneath all that fur, there's a rabbit in there.

Underneath all that fur, there’s a rabbit in there.

Poultry amuses me. With these skinny legs, no one is eating this bird.

Poultry amuses me. With these skinny legs, no one is eating this bird.

Finally, we headed to the rides. While I tried to push away concerns about germs and safety, the girls squabbled over whether to ride the Ferris wheel or carousel first.

G and S on their first-ever Ferris wheel ride.

G and S on their first-ever Ferris wheel ride.

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Waiting for their turn on the carousel.

H's face as she rides a flying elephant: pure happiness.

H’s face as she rides a flying elephant: pure happiness.

All in all, we had a great afternoon. And thank goodness we have another year before we have to go again.

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2 thoughts on “An Afternoon at the County Fair

  1. What a fun filled memorable day!

  2. awesome post Laura- you are such a wonderful mom 🙂

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