All is fair…

It’s the time of year when the milo is turning a lovely copper color, the days are getting cooler and the state fair is going down. I love going to the fair, i have never been to fairs from other states but the Kansas fair is a delightful Hodge podge of our rural agrarian roots and the seizure inducing blast of lights and sounds peppered with the latest deep-fried nonsense that one must try. We treat the fair as a kind of all-inclusive petting zoo, there is of course the actual petting zoo this year featuring a porcupine, zebras,  a zedonk ( honestly i think a fence broke and some one got frisky  who the hell has heard of  a zadonk ?) and an army of  shirt eating goats.

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Then we moved on to the cow exhibits , lamas, bunnies, chickens, geese, turkey’s. Ect. After touching every living creature we possibly can ( and a funny moment when my youngest unknowingly  pet someones jacket by mistake ” sorry lady with the furry coat 😳”) , onward to see giant pumpkins, and other mutant veggies grown to the size of small children.

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Meandering thru booths collecting free pencils and pens, pamphlets and various  junk all on the way to the holy grail of the Kansas state fair the BUTTER SCULPTURE,  that’s right a life-sized sculpture of a different thing each year made of butter… What will it be? what will it be?…  ( spoiler alert) Well this year it was a grandma on a pogo stick being cheered on by little kids.  Now night has fallen and the lights of the midway are calling, so much fun and adrenalin.

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We wait in line and nearby a  mother discovers her child is missing , i clutch my children a little tighter  the police are  there my eyes search the crowds for the child i heard her describe  and then the little girl is found and i tear up right there on the midway and say a silent thank you that this was not a tragedy . Onward to games with stuffed animal prizes  and there up ahead Mecca …deep-fried cheese curds. Perfect end to a wonderful day, let’s drag our weary selves to the car.

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