As I mentioned, we spent Saturday at the Bloomsburg Fair, a huge state-like fair near where I grew up.
It's an annual tradition in our family, and I remember getting an extra day or two off from school during Fair week, which was mostly for the farm kids who had animals and exhibits to tend to at the fair.
When I lived in the area, I used to enter my artwork, baked goods and plants from the garden. I've won prizes for nearly everything I entered, like watercolor paintings, pumpkin bread, and my herbs. My proudest moment was when I walked through the horticultural building to look through the displays and came across my herbal arrangement (kind of like a flower arrangement, using only herbs) which had a huge Best in Show ribbon on it.
So we did what most people do at fairs, eat greasy, unhealthy food like the Polish food from this church-run stand
Haluski (cabbage and noodles, drenched in butter) and potato pancakes. My dad is Polish-American, so this is a must-eat.
And ice cream, of course. Sojo enjoys the cone best, and calls it "cracker". He wants the cracker before we even eat the ice cream from it.
He nursed that cone for a good 10 minutes. I'll have to just keep a box of them on hand for when I need a mommy break.
And what fair doesn't have outdoor music? And how fitting that it was a Polka band, while we were eating our greasy lunch.
Soren likes to dance, and I got a little video of him dancing to polkas. I was having trouble uploading it though.He wasn't too into the animals yet, and was a bit timid around the giant Clydesdale horse.
His two favorite things by far were the corn box, a big box filled with corn instead of sand. What a great idea! Unlike sand, the corn doesn't get into every crevice of kids' bodies.
And favorite thing #2 was the helicopter that was giving rides over the fair. Every 10 minutes or so, it would take off and fly around, and each time Sojo was thrilled.
Here he is pausing to watch it. We saw it close up on our way in, and it's the first time he saw a helicopter up close. We have a toy one we talk about at home (I make chopper noises with it) and he actually recognized what it was when we saw it.
So we had a great time, even without anti-social Mr. Geek. I just wish there was more time in the Autumn to do all the fun outdoor stuff we want to do. We've been busy every weekend this month, and will be into next month too. But since fall is my favorite season, I certainly don't mind spending it outside.