Today’s post comes from Verily Sherrilee
I love the Fair.
I’m unapologetic about my love of the State Fair. I know that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but from the first time I walked through the arches on Snelling, I was hooked. I love the animals, I love all the educational buildings, I love the butter heads, I love the art, I love the parade. But most of all I love the people-watching.
This year I went to the Fair three times: once all by myself, once with Young Adult and once with friends for Garrison Keillor’s show. I have a fun memory from each day.
On opening day, as I was sitting on the curb, waiting for the parade to start, a father and son came to sit in the space next to me. As they sat, the son (probably 11 or 12) let out a huge groan. I couldn’t help but laugh and so did the dad. I said to him “I expect to hear that kind of groan from myself or from your dad, but not from someone your age.” Without missing a beat, the kid leaned over and said “I’m a catcher. I have old knees.” I almost snorted by water up my nose.
On the day with Young Adult, we did the Bunny Barn first. I call the Young Adult “The Bunny Whisperer” because she has a way with the rabbits. Most of the rabbits sit near the back of their cages so that they can’t be reached. Young Adult slips her hand into the cage and then waits. One after another, the bunnies move to her side of the cage and let her pet them. She probably has an 80% success rate. It’s amazing. Of course this means that we spend A LOT of time in the Bunny Barn and she usually suggests that we go home with a rabbit. At one point I turned to her and said again “No, we can’t have a bunny.” She replied, “I know, it would just be fodder for Guinevere.” I was so excited that she knew the word “fodder” that I almost wept!
On Friday I got to the fair in time for the parade. As the little kids’ farm train went by, in the last car I noticed a little boy (probably 8 or 9) doing the Vulcan salute. I quickly flashed the salute in return; his face lit up and he gave me a huge thumb’s up. Finally my ability to do “live long and prosper” has come in handy!
It was the best fair ever!
Are you a fair person or not?