This year, August 29th, Aubrey and I picked up my mom at her house and grabbed my sister at her apartment. This was the first time that Rachel has been with my mom and I to the fair in a long time. We then drove over to my mom's boyfriend Ron's house and he drove us to the fairgrounds and kept my car at his house while we were there all day. We got the fair grounds around 9:30-10am, a little later than past years, but not a big deal. It was SO hot already. It was in the mid 90's and VERY humid. I had sweat running down my face at one point.
We went to Heritage square for the last time as they are tearing it down next summer. I am curious to see what they plan to do with that space but will miss it for all the memories- Kettle Corn, My dad, Getting old fashioned family photos etc. Aubrey saw some candy while my mom was purchasing a salted nut roll and figured I'd buy her one and it should keep her busy for awhile. (don't judge. It's the fair and it only happens once a year!)
Next we made our way down to the animal barns. Aubrey's pretty much obsessed with animals, so we knew she'd love this. We saw pretty much every farm animal and Aubrey loved it.
Excited about cows!
Immediately after the cow barn, we had to get a chocolate shake. This is our go-to first thing in the morning breakfast. It was a bit disappointing this year. It wasn't as good as I remember it to be. Boo!
Less chocolate-y and way runnier. :(
After that, we visited the pigs, Llama's, Chickens, Sheep, Goats etc.
Llama's with Rachel
Chickens! We love the ones with the "hair" on their heads!
After the poultry barn, we headed to the Turkey To Go food booth and enjoyed a giant turkey sandwich (1/2 lb!) and bottomless milk. Yum! We then headed over to the DNR building. This building had more fun things for Aubrey to discover.
In a boat!
Aubrey and Nana holding hands
We then headed to the Miracle of Life Center for Aubrey to see even MORE animals but this time laboring mothers and newly born baby animals.
Aubrey watched these baby chicks for about 5 minutes.
Afterwards, we watched the parade, ate some fruit and applecider popsicles, did some shopping at the International bazaar and other buildings. My mom bought Aubrey a lambchop doll that she absolutely adores.
At this point, Aubrey was getting exhausted. She typically goes down for a nap anywhere between 11 and 1 and it was now almost 2:30. She was pooped. We decided to quickly do the Giant Slide and then try to get Aubrey to nap. My mom was on camera duty but she didn't even see us come down. She didn't think we'd be that fast. Oh well. My sister went down with us on her own said Aubrey looked terrified. She didn't say anything as we were going down the slide but didn't ask to do it again. Ha!
We thought we lost Aubrey's sunglasses over by the slide as we were headed to find a Pronto Pup stand and eat some more, so Aubrey and I walked back to the slide to look for them. Before I knew it, she was out cold holding her lamb chop. Turns out my mom had Aubrey's sunglasses on her head the entire time. Ha!
The streets- not too busy but it was also mid-90's and super humid.
My sister and I
Our last food of the day- Deep fried pickles with ranch. yum!
My mom, Me and My sister.
We ate and all shared:
Turkey To Go Sandwich
Deep Fried Cauliflower (I wasn't a fan)
Deep Fried pickles
Pronto Pup (corn dog)
Giant Pickle on a stick
Honey Crisp Apple
Apple Cider Popsicle
Olives on a stick (My mom and sister had these)
Other favorites that we skipped this year due to the fact that it was just SO hot:
Overall it was a great day. We I had some stressful situations with Aubrey early in the morning (she tried to play with a halloween decoration and almost broke it) and then as she was getting crabby and tired, but Aubrey was such good girl! She loved the animals and the adults loved the food. I am so sad that another whole year has to go past before we can do this again, but I cannot wait!