Saturday, September 12, 2009

A "Fair" to Remember

On 9-11 the Puyallup Fair opened and, as we try to do every year, Charity and I escorted her eleven children to the opening day activities and exhibits.

Our number one reason for going on opening day is to save money on entrance fees, since we normally get in "free". We accomplished this feat again this time.

Charity's kids range in age from 3-20, so there is a variety of activities that we can all do together, and also other activities for which we split the group and then meet up later for another group activity. Its a fun, but exhausting LONG day for us.

Here are some of the highlights our our ten hour excursion.

The older children helped with the younger children, as always. Here Jon was carrying Savannah during our lunch break under a shady tree. Yep, that is OREO cookies all over her face and soon to be in Jon's hair! There is not enough shady benches so we "walked on the grass" and made ourselves at home.

At lunch break, Roy, the oldest, scoped out his plan of attack for his next excursion.

Trout fishing for the kids ages 5-14. They all caught one! YAY!
Here is Kenny trying.

We love to look at all God's creatures and were surprised to find this full tailed turkey amid the critters this year. Even the ducks were a treat for us! (I guess we don't "get out much".)

Charles wanted to go on the ferris wheel, and the others went in two other directions. So he and I went up alone. He was amazed at the views! (Later he went with his siblings again.)

Savannah, the youngest, was thrilled to ride a horse on the merry-go-round after her long nap (and our own "rest time" in the shade.)

The miniature horses were popular with all the kids, but petting them was the greatest treat, instead of just "viewing" them behind fences.

Reuben thought it was great to pet this baby elephant (Ok, it was just a placard creature, but at least there was NO DANGER involved!)

Abby wanted to climb the rock wall again. This time we were able to get it on video.

Hope you get to "DO the Puyallup" when you are in the area some September! Its definitely one of the funnest outings in the Great NW!

1 comment:

Vaughnde said...

Oh my goodness How FUN! I do miss the pew-allup Fair sometimes since I grew up with it from age 5 to adulthood. Maybe some september I'll come up there and we can all go :)