We Went to the County Fair Yesterday Afternoon
My wife and I ended up going with the kids and my parents and spent probably about 7 hours there in total (the kids and my parents left a couple hours earlier than that). Overall, I have to say I was a little disappointed by the experience.
Don't get me wrong, the county fair is still a decent deal. It was just $7 per person to get in and that includes being able to see the band (last night was The Oak Ridge Boys) when they perform at 8 p.m. It's just we weren't really feeling it this year.
Part of the reason for it was definitely the weather. It rained yesterday morning and we had a few heavy showers pass through, sending us into shelters and making us reluctant to let the kids ride the rides in the midway.
Another big part of it is there just didn't seem to be as much to do this year. There was no petting zoo for the girls and a smaller variety of vendors to visit (not to mention less free stuff at those vendors). Heck, as my wife pointed out, there were four LuLaRoe booths and probably a half dozen booths selling those fidget spinners.
One thing, in particular, that disappointed us was the one vendor I always purchase something from for her (as a birthday gift) wasn't there this year. They always had a good variety of belly rings, necklaces, etc. and weren't overly expensive. So, now, I need to find something else for her.
As a result of all of this, we actually got kind of bored and didn't stay long enough to watch the show (which is just as good because it started raining again shortly after we got home).
We are going to go back on Saturday because the weather is supposed to be better and the girls really want to go on some of the rides. Since this would normally be our annual county fair date night too (we get wristbands, drop the kids off at my parents for the night and come back without them), I'm really hoping to find something we can do that will make us want to at least stay long enough for the concert (.38 Special).
Anyway, here are some photos I snapped with my cell phone while we were in a couple of the barns: