Yesterday I took the kids to the Great Jones County Fair. We live only two blocks from the festivities so the children have been excited about
going to the fair for weeks. The cost for me to enter was $10 and we bought ride bracelets at a cost of $15 per kid. The bracelets were good for five hours of unlimited rides. It was 99 degrees outside so there was no waiting in line; in fact, the kids were alone on some of the rides.
Will was tall enough to go on some of the bigger rides this year
but he wasn’t impressed. When the kids got on the Tilt-A-Whirl the Carnie warned that I had just placed my children on the “biggest puke factory” at the fair. Thankfully no one got sick but Will was little green around the gills when he got off.
We walked through one of the 4H buildings to look at the animals
and I almost wish we hadn’t. It was so sad seeing these poor creatures panting and trying to cool off. People were inserting frozen bottles of water into the cages to help cool them down. The weather wasn’t fit for man nor beast.
The kids got to shake the hand of a little monkey named Leroy and
for $1 each they got a picture of him. (and no, it wasn’t autographed.) We saw elephants, kangaroo’s, wallaby’s and a man making a sandcastle sculpture. The food smelled wonderful; funnel cakes, corn dogs and cotton candy but it was just too hot to eat. I even passed up the deep fried candy bars!
We drank lemonade which was amazing and water too but it didn’t
seem to help cool us off at all. There was no escape. We played some games; Mac won a stuffed puppy playing the balloon popping game and Will got a machine gun at the duck pond. It was then that Mac started feeling sick. She complained of a headache and stomach ache, some of the major signs of heat stroke. I knew I had to get her home so we only spent around an hour (and a lot of $) at the fair.
After some time in the air conditioning, ice water and a nap she
was feeling better but was sad that she missed out on so much of the fair. “Can we go again Mom; it’s only supposed to be 97 degrees out tomorrow, that’s cooler isn’t it?” (Big sigh)
Tonight a transition begins for our town. With Lynyrd Skynyrd and
Heart taking the stage tonight, Blake Shelton tomorrow night and Toby Keith on Saturday night, our quiet little town will no longer be quiet as we will tip back our Red Solo Cups and welcome thousands and thousands of people.
Today the kids and I will watch the activity from afar as I skillfully water the lawn without anyone knowing. If I let the kids play in the
sprinkler it will appear that they are just having some summertime fun but actually the main objective will be the grass getting a drink. (I’m so bad!)
Stay cool friends!