Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wisconsin State Fair

We met the Weidners at the Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee today.  It was our first time at the state fair, but going to fairs seems to be a Wisconsin thing to do, so I'm glad we gave it a try.

We walked through the livestock barn, and saw some kids using a shop-vac to (I'm assuming) blow dry a cow, and some other kids using a can of spray paint to spray a cow's back legs black.  Noah asked why they were doing that, and I had no idea what to say.  Sadly, we did not make it to the arena where the kids were showing the animals, that would have been fun.  Instead, the kids pretended to be animals.

We watched a few duck races and a baby goat race.  The kids chose to sit all the way at the top of the bleachers.  I think they were a little confused about what was going on, but I thought it was cute.

We ended up in an agriculture barn where the kids got to play a few games.  The first game was really funny because the kids got to throw beanbag cowpies onto a board.  The point was to learn where manure is supposed to go (hayfields and cornfields) and where it doesn't belong (wetlands, grassy waterways and streams).  In the second game, the kids got to pick their favorite vegetable cars to race down an incline.  Amelia and Natalie chose a car made out of a potato with three brussel sprouts on top, while Noah and Megan chose an ear of corn.  The potato car came in first place, but all the kids got ribbons that they wore the rest of the day.  I would never have thought to have a pinewood derby for vegetables!

We got to see some baby animals in another barn, and play in some sensory bins filled with wheat and oats.  The kids liked filling the trucks with grain.

Megan was getting crabby about something - I think she was hungry - so I took her over to look at an incubator full of hatching eggs.  We watched for a while and got to see a chick poke his beak out of one egg, and a few newly hatched chicks staggering around.  Then we found the next incubator with lots of little fluffy chicks running around.  They liked to follow Megan's finger around.

The kids had hot dogs for lunch, along with the carrots and grapes that we had brought.  I think they were hungry - when Ben got some cheese curds for us to share, they were like hungry seagulls flocking around the food.  Brian had the most interesting food - a hot dog surrounded by a spiral cut potato then deep fried and topped with bacon and sriracha.  He said it was very tasty.

We bough cream puffs, of course, since the Wisconsin State Fair is noted for them, and they were huge!  I put one in front of the girls, and they couldn't figure out what to do with it.  They poked at it for a while, and then decided to scoop up the cream with their fingers and lick it off.  When Amelia tried to pick it up and eat it, the filling all squished out.  I ate about half, and then she peeled the two layers apart, and she and Megan each ate one. It was actually quite a good way to eat a giant cream puff. 

Nathaniel was there, of course, but he spent most of his time in the Baby Bjorn.  He enjoyed sitting on a bench and playing with his toys while the rest of the kids watched the raptor show.  He finally fell asleep towards the end of the day.  He's such a good baby when we're out and about!

Amelia said her favorite thing was trying to use her toes to color a picture; it was really hard to do!

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