Our county fair is the oldest county fair in Texas, and it’s kinda a big deal around here. It’s the picture of a rual(ish) town social event, with lots of homecomings planned around it each year. Even those of us who couldn’t wait to graduate from high school and get out of this small town have probably returned a time or two to see old friends at the fair.
These days, our fair trips don’t revolve around the nightly rodeo, musical entertainment, and cold drinks. It’s all about the kids: carnival rides, animals, and kettle corn.
Since I was pushing the stroller, I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I did last year (one of my favorite photo series!), but I did capture a few.
Last year, Tice wouldn’t wear his boots. This year, the boots were no problem. And since it was a sunny day, I was about to offer to get him a cap before we left the house, but he disappeared and came back wearing his old fedora. Old, as in it fit him when he was one…
Seems like yesterday!
He still manages to get it crammed on his head–even though his ears don’t always make it inside the hat. You may notice the ears in some of the pics. It’s not the look I would have thought of, but I love to see his style and sense of humor emerge. Judging by his long pause at the mirror before we left, he thought he was looking good–and I’m not going to interfere with that. At least not for the county fair.
Ah, there’s the ears. The smiling and pointing was to tell us that one of his friends from school was behind him.
This little guy was hot and tired, so Tice rode his last ride for the day.
And then the part I was waiting for: kettle corn!
Before we left the house, we were talking about eating popcorn at the fair, and Tice, in his silly voice, told us he was going to put his head in the popcorn. We didn’t pay much attention–until we were at the fair and he tried to put his head into the popcorn. He thought it was hilarious and couldn’t understand why I didn’t want his sweaty head in our already salty snack.
Harper and Harper Junior…
We missed all the fun photo ops with the antique tractors and the show rabbits this year, but Tice get to try out one of the new tractors on our way out.
Until next year!