Next on our State Fair adventure we come to the Food! A fair, as we all know, is a dieter's nightmare and a junk food junky's dream! I, if you haven't noticed, am the latter. So I was in heaven... fried this, fried that... buttered this, battered that... greasy grills and oh yummy! I can smell it and taste it all over again. I love fair food.
In the midwest, it's not a real fair without the corn roast. And this was no different. Hello corn roast! For $2.50 you get a not only a ginormous ear of corn, but it's dipped in real butter. After you liberally add the salt, it's good to go. Hot, buttery, salty, sweetness!
As you can see, the kids are all in for this one. How could anyone pass up something this good?
Not to mention the fact that with two of my mom's nifty coupons, I got two of them for free! As my wonderful hubby would say, Can't beat free!
Speaking of free.... this brings me to the next, absolute must have Wisconsin State Fair tradition.....
The Cream Puff!!! And yup, I had tickets to get two of them for free. Between me and the kids, we couldn't even finish off two of them. They are so rich and so creamy and so big. But very delicious.
After we had demolished our two cream puffs, I had realized I didn't take a picture of it. There was a family of four at the table next to us who had just sat down. I warily approached them, knowing they'd think I was really bizarre for what I was about to request. I asked if I could take a picture of their cream puff quick. Explaining that we ate ours before I thought of it, and that my husband was deployed and I thought it would be fun to send him a picture of a cream puff. The man looks at me, and very seriously says, "You're sending a deployed soldier a picture of a cream puff? That is so cruel!"
Well, um... yes, I guess it is kind of cruel. I hadn't thought of that. But at least I got my picture. Apparently I won't be mailing it to my husband, though!
Next we come to one of the kids favorite parts. Yes, there was indeed a Build A Bear at the State Fair! And me, being a BAB addict, I couldn't refuse! So we journeyed on in to the big BAB trailer that was complete with many animals to chose from, stuffing machine, hundreds of outfits, and naming station. I was, again, in heaven! Drew got a teddy bear which whom, when you buy him, part of the proceeds go to help give underprivaleged kids books. Because of that Drew named him Helper Bear. Complete with matching striped polo shirt, they were best pals! Louisa, who is more non-traditional, picked a husky dog she's had her eye on for awhile now! She named him a very appropriate Scamps! Instead of houses they gave out these cute little back packs. And again, good fun was had by all!
After this it was on to the animal barns. Something that is hugely popluar in a state like Wisconsin. We take our livestock very seriously here. Laugh all you want... I'm not horsing around here... hehe.... get it?
Anyway, we saw piggies and sheepies and moo cows and bunnies and goats and did I mention cows? Oh ya, this is Wiscosin, we've lots of cows! We've got cows coming out our rear end here! We're even the first state to premier a new flavor of milk. Both chocolate and strawberry milks were first tasted here, in Wisconsin at the state fair many years ago. So many that I don't feel like looking it up right now! We tasted cherry vanilla milk and can I just say, YUM!!! They also had root beer milk, and mocha chocolate. The mocha and cherry vanilla were the most popular.
Then, of course, we can't forget about the pig racing! This isn't a Wisconsin thing, but still something we enjoy watching. The kids saw the pig racing for the first time ever. Along with goat racing and duck racing!
After the racing it was the end of the day and time to go home. Kids are dragging their feet and it's after 8:00 when the fair becomes time for grown-ups to drink and party and get rowdy. And time for me to get the heck out of there before we get trampled on by this big drunk biker guy who seems to like precariously sway back and forth in front of us.
As we get back to Grandma and Grandpa's house, this is how we find baby Hunter...
In their defense, however, they had just returned from a long walk and he fell asleep only minutes before we arrived. I had called my mom telling her we were almost there, so she didn't want to disturb him. He had spent the whole day being entertained by Grandma, Grandpa, cousin Andrew, Auntie Colleen, and two of Andrew's friends. Hunter was plum wiped out! And so were we.