Riding the Carousel.
I was clearly having more fun than the boy!
First ride all by himself.
When this ride first took off, it was a tad faster than we imagined. No worries - he was strapped in tight, but he was a little surprised at the speed too. It didn't take but a second though, and he was really into it. He was bearing down on the handles like he was really driving the bike. It was cute. We have hours and hours of me at this age and a little older on 8mm film, going round and round on the fair rides. So, to continue the tradition, I took a little video of the endeavor. You can thank me later:
Then S rode this one with LM
And I bet you didn't know this, but Mario Andretti is heading up this fair ride in his retirement.
After the rides and before he fell asleep, S and LM went through the "little hands on the farm" exhibit. He was a tad on the small side for this one, and it really kept S hoppin' to keep up with him. I think he had fun though.
While they were checking in, I took photos of this.
And this. Just so you know.
When they emerged from the check-in barn, LM had on an apron and was holding a basket.
Each little barn had something for them to "do"
As you can see LM really perked up and enjoyed it.
And, at the end, there was one of these.
We watched some Hungarian dancers.
LM really liked this too - he danced and clapped along.
And then he didn't. He went to sleep.
While he slept, we checked out the Food and Fiber building.
It really is amazing all the things made in Texas.
And there is free ice cream.
And a Honeybee queen doing an infomercial.
While LM was sleeping, we also checked out the Wine Garden.
We sampled a pretty tasty Sangiovese, actually.
On our way out we saw this cool piece of art.
Then we read the sign - it was paid for by some pharmaceutical company to showcase the disease COPD and their drug. Nonetheless, it was a cool installation.
And that wraps up the 2011 great state fair of Texas. It was another fun year at the fair. I'm already looking forward to next year.
See you soon.