We arrived at the Anoka County Fairgrounds at about 9:30 and were excited to find that we were one of the first families there. We got an awesome parking spot and proceeded to look at and pet all the animals without having to fight the crowds.
After looking at all the animals and a few of the booths, it was time for a snack. Mini Donuts were the snack of choice. None of us had ever had a mini donut before, so it was with a bit of trepidation that Ben handed over his wad of bills in exchange for the bag of sugar covered, deep fried, mini pastries.
And, let me just take this opportunity to say that eating only 1 mini donut was one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do since I began trying to lose weight. I believe I walked about 10 feet ahead of Ben, Allie, and Zach until I was sure that every last morsel of mini donut was consumed. They were really that good. In fact, I'm already planning my eating around being able to consume a few more mini donuts again at the State Fair in August.
After snacks, we looked around a little more, taking in the commercial buildings, 4-H displays, and scoped out the Midway (that unfortunately did not open until noon). Ben gave into the fair aroma and purchased a 16-ounce container of Fries that he shared with Allie and Zach when we all sat down to eat the lunch that I had packed for us.
After lunch, we took in a fashion show put on by some of the kids from the 4-H program while the kids and Ben ate some fair made caramel corn.
Then, it was finally noon and we hit the Midway. We were so proud of Allie because earlier in the morning she really wanted to do the pony rides. We explained to her that we had only brought enough cash along to do either the rides at the Midway or the Pony Ride, but not both. I was prepared for a full-fledged tantrum, but instead Allie answered "Oh. Ok. Well, I think we should wait for the rides" and walked calmly away from the pony rides without any more whining or complaining about it.
Both kids had a great time on the rides. Ben and I even got to ride the carousel!
And, what is a visit to the fair without sitting on all the farm equipment and riding lawn mowers?
Before we left, we stopped by the slushy booth and got some slushies to go. Everyone was thirsty, tired, and ready to head home.