On Tuesday, the forecast in Texas showed a high of 70 degrees. 70 DEGREES! We quickly changed our fair plans to Tuesday. We love the fair but the fair AND fall weather. Now that’s a force to be reckoned with. 🙂
Tuesday, we snagged the kiddos out of school early to enjoy a day at the State Fair of Texas.
Look at us…some are wearing layers! haha! Big Tex is the tall guy in the back. It’s kind of a tradition to grab a picture with him, so we did it as soon as we entered the fair grounds.
Miss Britt was taking it all in! SO MUCH TO SEE!
She was pointing to Big Tex and I’m sure thinking…WHAT IS THAT THING?!
I’ve mentioned my love of a show before and this year didn’t disappoint. We learned all about horses at this horse show.
This sweet thing was enjoying it.
When the crowd clapped, she joined them.
Me and my baby girl
This little farm exhibit is a stop every year. They go through and do some farm work. At the end, they get paid for their work and get to choose a snack with their money. I have no doubt Nixon Slaughter will be asking to go through when he’s fourteen just for the Veggie Straws at the end. 🙂
During one part of the exhibit, the kiddos have to dig a hole, plant their seeds, and water (pretending of course) them. They were each given ten little seeds. Bowen was planting each seed separately when he finally looked up at me and asked, “They’re not really going to grow. Right?”. In other words, he wanted to hear…”Just dump them and let’s move on.”
Waiting patiently for Bowen to ride the tractor.
Then it was time for the petting zoo! If you guys remember a couple years ago our stroller was stolen at the fair so this year Tab and I took turns sitting out. He did the petting zoo. 🙂
Then it was time for the Lone Star Stampede!
It was full of all the Texas favorites…longhorns, horses, roping, and good ole’ country music.
This girl was a fan! At one point, Nixon turned around and said that it couldn’t believe it was Britt’s first fair. We were all so excited to share it with her.
After the show, it only took about four minutes for this to happen.
It was late afternoon and I decided a Fletcher’s corny dog would hit the spot. I don’t even really like corn dogs but these are GOOD! I shared it with everyone awake. #yousnoozeyoulose
Then I spotted my FAVORITE fair food. This little stand has the BEST catfish and spicy tartar sauce. They put a cajun seasoning on the french fries that’s a little too much for me, but the fish and tartar sauce get two thumbs up!
This was Ebby Lee’s nervous face as she watched Tab talk her into this ride. haha!
She didn’t seem to mind. 🙂
Ebby Lee was a big fan of the fun house!
Love doing life with this guy!
Then it was time for the HAUNTED HOUSE ride! If you look closely, you can see that Bowen is half crying, half laughing. He talked a big game and then got crazy nervous when it was our turn. Don’t worry-he kept his eyes closed the ENTIRE ride so he wasn’t scared a bit!
Ebby Lee kept her eyes closed most of the time too. ha!
These three enjoyed the big ferris wheel, The Texas Star, while Nixon and I got SCHOOLED playing some games. Why will those little bouncy basketballs NOT go in the rim?!
And Ebby Lee talked me into the Alpine ride. Just a few seconds after this picture the guy behind us asked them to stop the ride because he was about to lose it!
When Tab and I were first married, he showed up from work one day with a boot like this to put in our front yard. No offense to these boots, it just wasn’t really our style and we’ve joked about it for years. So we both were laughing when we spotted this at the fair.
The Log Flume ride…yes, it was finally a COOL day and they rode the Log Flume!
They rode this Haunted House ride because it looked a little scarier. I must say when those doors opened Nixon had BOTH HANDS over his face! haha!
We played a few more games and then made our way back to the front of the fair to watch the parade. The guy we asked to take our picture didn’t notice Britt in the stroller because of the big ball she was holding. He took about five pictures of the five of us! Luckily, he was super sweet and then took a few with all six.
We looked at all kinds of cars and trucks, saw the world’s largest hot tub (or at least the biggest one I’ve ever seen), and found everything you can imagine for every college in the state of Texas. Then we found a spot to watch the parade.
A marching band, a float with Big Tex, and a light up man on stilts is the perfect way to end the day at our happy place.
We started going to the fair when Ebby Lee and Nixon were two and one. We had a blast that day and now it’s something we look forward to all year long. To see our past fair posts, you can look here…
If you go during the week, you can find great deals for cheap entry tickets. Yes, the rides, games, and food can add up, but there are so many things completely free to check out. I highly recommend a trip to the fair for your family if you’re local! I’m telling you…it’s our happy place. 🙂