Tuesday, August 30, 2011

All’s Fair…

We went to the Great New York State Fair our first summer in New York and were sufficiently overwhelmed by it that we've skipped it the past two years.  Not wanting to cheat ourselves out of a fun family outing that’s practically in our backyard, though, we decided we needed to toughen up and try again.  So, with an evening to spare and discount tickets from Bryan's work, off to the fair we went.

Despite our hesitations, there were definitely some FAIR-ly fun things to do and the girls generally enjoyed the evening.  (At least until it started getting dark, the crowds thickened ahead of the REO Speedwagon Concert, the midway lights started flashing, and they realized they don’t like cotton candy afterall.  At that point there may or may not have been some discussion about selling all of them to one of the traveling shows and using the profits to buy hot beef sundaes and donut burgers…)

In any event, here are some of the highlights of the adventure:

Katie loved the animals, showing her enthusiasm by waving at all of them.  She especially liked the baby piggies.
Our very own dairy princess and her apparently very-concerned cow.

The Rainbow Bar, where you can get chocolate milk for $.25, was still our favorite part.  I think our family drank 10 cups of it!  (As a bonus, filling up on milk sure makes all that other fair food seem less tempting!  Our only other purchase was the small bag of ill-fated cotton candy.)
got milk?
The whole dairy building was a blast.  Here are all three of the girls taking a turn on the free moo merry-go-round.
Here's a video of the girls on the cows.  We especially appreciated Katie's oh-so-serious expression throughout.

And finally...

Checking out the much anticipated butter sculpture.  This year's theme?  School lunch ladies.  There's so much that could be said about that, but instead I'll just point out how intrigued the girls were to see THAT MUCH butter. 


  1. our favorite part is the little kiddy circus (free) at the infield ammusement area. Shriners did it last year and the kids LOVED it. :)

  2. Oooh...we'll have to check that out next time!

  3. All in all...looks like you had a 'fair'ly good time =D Loved the pictures and the bonus video!!

  4. Didn't like cotton candy?!?! I'm glad you guys had fun, your kids are adorable!