It was a gorgeous day; I really don't think it could have been any nicer. The midway was full, but not too crowded:
I've always loved going to the fair. I like looking at the flower arrangements, listening to the music, looking at all the cute little animals:
The amount of produce on display is always amazing:
I always get a big kick out of the cake decorating section. From the children's first efforts to the professional masterpieces, they all have a bit of charm.
And of course it wouldn't be a real trip to the fair without some food that's wickedly bad for you. This year, I was on the hunt for fried Girl Scout Cookies. Although I think I prefer my cookies unfried, they were worth the hunt:
There were several artisans around the fairgrounds showing off their skills. There was even a guy giving live demos on pumpkin carving.
And what would a State Fair be without giant pumpkins?
Alton and I decided to try something different, and watched an hour or so of the tractor pull. If you've never experienced one, it is kind of interesting to watch the tractors go flying across the grounds and then grind to an abrupt halt as the heavy weight they are hauling becomes too much for the engine. But you really need ear plugs if you're going to sit around for more than one pull.
See that swing ride to the left? I persuaded Alton to ride it with me. I think that's the first time I've been on a fair ride in nearly 10 years!
And finally, among all the other exhibits, there were the two I was most interested in. The first we found was the scrapbooking entries. I had entered 3 layouts in 3 different categories. I won an Honorable Mention in Pets with this one:
I also won an Honorable Mention in Travel/Vacation with this layout on the Vietnam Memorial in DC: