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The fair

No summer would be complete without a trip to the fair.

The girl at the dentist’s office the other day bemoaned the fact that every year the fair is the exact same and why should she go to see the same thing?

I’ll add to that. Every year it is the exact same and not only that, but it also is the exact same as when I was a kid growing up in Wyoming. Apparently fairs are just the same year after year and place after place.

For me, this isn’t a negative. It’s nostalgia.

Growing up in Central Wyoming in the 70’s and early 80’s, one of the highlights of summer was the county fair and the state fair in the neighboring town. You could count yourself lucky if you got to attend both.

Our fair always kicked off with a parade. I invariably always had an art project in the school art section, my parents knew way too many people as we walked through the Industrial building, and I didn’t get to spend nearly enough time on the rides.

And in the 1970’s? We attended every.single.night the fair and rodeo was in town.

Must have been a pricey venture for my parents during that week, because after only one night I am afraid to even think how much money we spent on rides, lemonades and food!

We joined up with friends at the fair this year. Last year, my then- 3-year-old rode the rides by himself and looked so small and lonely. This year, we were joined by two of his closest friends. There was much pulling on arms as we wound our way through the industrial building. Thank you for the “lost kid” tags… just in case, you know. We finally found ourselves at the rides with three very anxious 4-year-olds.

My daughter (nearly 18 months) only really cared about the animals and has mastered the real sound a pig makes freakishly well.

The fair was a must-do for us and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Though my dentist did warn me the other day that at 5-years old to expect my son to become a little less oblivious to his surroundings and he will likely start to notice that the rides HE is on are not the big huge ones with bright lights that just happen to be right over there…