Monday, February 18, 2013

The Florida State Fair

Last Sunday, Eric, Ellie and I went to the Florida State Fair with my mom and stepdad. It has been a very long time indeed since I have been to the fair, so it was nice to go again and to take Ellie. A good time was had by all!

Yay, fair!

Well, once we got there, that is. I don't know if the problem was that it was opening weekend or what, but traffic was brutal. My dad was working at the fair (his company has a spot in the Expo Hall), and my mom was meeting us there, and as we were heading that way I was getting text messages from both of them saying how bad the traffic was. In an effort to shave some time off our commute (which was only supposed to be 30 minutes, according to my iPhone), we got off an exit early and tried to circle the fairgrounds that way. BIG MISTAKE.

Traffic was still incredibly backed up as we made our way around, and it took us forever to get through every light and make every turn. When we finally came to the fairgrounds entrance on our left, hey, guess what? No left turns. We weren't allowed to turn in, so we had to continue on down the road about another mile, make a u-turn and then sit in more traffic (where we should have been in the first place, if we hadn't tried to be fancy) to get up to the entrance to the parking lot. Then, finding parking was a challenge. So what should have taken us 30 minutes ended up taking us two hours. Two hours! We should've just gone to Disney World - it would've been a shorter trip. Needless to say, as we sat in that traffic, I was missing public transportation hardcore. Sure, it gets really crowded too, but it still moves, and then you don't have to worry about parking. Driving is the worst.

Can someone please direct me to the subway?

But, we finally made it! By that time Ellie needed a diaper change and a little nursing, so we took care of her needs in our parking spot before heading in to the fair.

This girl is fair-ready.

We stopped to say hello to my dad and then found my mom to get the fun started. After having her strapped into the carseat for two hours, we carried Ellie for a while instead of putting her in the stroller, so we made sure to lather her with sunblock and properly outfit her for the sunny afternoon.

Look at us! We made it to the fair!

Grammy is somewhat happy to see Ellie, as always.

Sun-protected and stylish.

Let's do this thing!

Then we were finally on our way to Fair Fun. Our first stop? Bad eating! As I said, I haven't been to the fair since high school, which was quite a few moons ago. So my opportunities to try terrible fair food have been a bit limited. Thus, Eric and I were on a mission to try two things in particular: fried Oreos and a Krispy Kreme Burger. Within a very short walk, we successfully found both.

Deep Fried Treats. Yeah, buddy.

The fried Oreos were way better than I expected. Quite tasty, actually. I didn't expect the Oreo to be soft, but it was and it was delicious. We all tried an Oreo (except for Ellie, who looked on longingly) and I think we all reached the same conclusion. The final verdict? I'd totally eat it again.

Fried Oreos

Taking my first bite

Gary trying one, too!

Next up was the doughnut burger: a bacon cheeseburger sandwiched between two glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts. It was...weird. The flavors didn't mesh together well, so they just sort of kept circulating in your mouth. One second you'd taste burger, then the next it would be bacon, then onion, then the sweet doughnut, then the onion again, etc. It was odd. We ended up pulling it apart and eating the burger separately from the doughnuts. That was definitely the way to go. The final verdict on this one? Burger: delicious. Doughnuts: Delicious. Together: no.

Our Krispy Kreme burger

Left: Eric taking the first bite! Right: Letting our burger ride shotgun for a while.

We continued on from there to find some animals for Ellie to look at. We had great success and saw all sorts of critters: sheep, goats, cows, pigs, chickens, bunnies, etc. Ellie was mildly entertained by a hungry goat and got to pet (read: grab a fistful of fur) a bunny. Good times.

Oh, hi there. You're big.

Learning about cows

Hungry goat

Rather hungry goat

A fancy chicken (rooster? I don't know, I'm from Manhattan. A farm girl I am not.)


Get over here, bunny!

After the animal fun, we walked through the midway. We didn't ride anything, but just checked everything out, stopped for a quick game, and found a cinnamon sugar funnel cake topped with apples that was calling out to my mom and me.

Left: Gary also found a beer. Very important stuff. Right: Chowing down on some funnel cake with my mom

Rides and ice cream!

Midway in silhouette

Pretty evening roller-coaster

Ellie was far more interested in the sky ride than anything else at the fair (bunny fur included)

Our afternoon was winding down by that point, but I had a hankering for some alligator so we were on a hunt. Unfortunately, even though I thought I had seen booths offering gator snacks all over the place all day, when I was actually looking for it, there was nary a gator nugget to be found. Alas. So, we ended up just doing a bit more roaming and taking some more pictures.

Fun times at the fair with my baby girl!

Sunset at the fairgrounds

My loves

Ellie was getting pretty tired, so we decided to pack it in. We said goodbye to my mom and Gary, then stopped by my dad's booth for one more quick visit before heading home ourselves.

Ellie and Grandpa

Thankfully, our return trip went much smoother and we were home and putting poor, sleepy Ellie to bed in no time. It was a rather fun day!


Lauren said...

How fun love the fair! I always thought that donut burger looked kinda icky too haha :-) I love the corn dogs though YUM.

jessica renee said...

So fun!! We love going to big events like that, I can't wait to take V one day. Ellie looks like she LOVED it! :) And omg I am dying over those fried oreos. I can already taste them. haha

Becky said...

DEFINITELY a fun day! Thanks for inviting us.