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North Carolina State Fair 2019

We spent an enjoyable family weekend in Raleigh, including a trip to the State Fair. We enjoyed the lumberjack show and exploring the exhibits. I thought the giant animatronic Smokey the Bear who would greet you by name was way creepier than the kids did. We ate corn on the cob, three of us went up in the ferris wheel, saw lots of animals, examined giant produce, and generally had a nice time.

Saturday we checked out some local parks, hiking around Lake Johnson and even paddle boating at Pullen Park. Elise insisted on paddling even after I told her from looking at Harlan I could see she would be too short to reach the pedals. She insisted she could do it and she did. She had to hold herself up on her arms and push herself forward to get her feet on the pedals, but she stuck with it for a good 10 minutes. Don’t tell that kid she can’t do something.

Unfortunately Daddy didn’t join us for the Marbles Children’s Museum, but the kids had a fantastic time. It’s definitely on our list for a return visit, especially since we only spent a few hours there since we had to drive back home. There was lots to see and do and plenty of imaginative play. The theme of the last room we went in was banking. It included an armored car to play in, which apparently Harlan robbed because I turned around when I heard a thud and saw him getting tackled by two other kids dressed up in security vests. All in good fun.

We made the drive in the electric car, stopping once to charge on the way down and twice on the way back (since we didn’t have a full charge starting out from Raleigh). The kids found their favorite charging stop in Richmond- across the street from a fast food restaurant with a giant play area.

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North Carolina State Fair 2010

We just got back from the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.  There were a lot of people out enjoying the near-perfect weather.  We didn’t venture out over the entire fair but we did get to see the cows, goats, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, turkeys, and pigs.  The cows were being shown while we were there.  These shows always leave us with more questions as we can’t figure out what the judges are looking for when looking at the cows.

We were able to go to Heritage Village, sip apple cider and listen to a blue grass band play.  The blacksmiths were working on their crafts and the guys working the steam-powered saw mill were turning trees into lumber.  We also visited the Soil and Water Conservation exhibit and answered several questions about North Carolina.

You can’t visit a state fair without partaking of the fair food.  Deep fat fried Twinkies, Oreos, and pickles along with chocolate covered bacon were some of the items available on the strip.  We didn’t try any of these.  No, we stuck with the grilled corn, apples, and hot dogs.  We also ate ice cream churned by some really old John Deere engines.

All in all, we had a great day.  We purchased a few pottery pieces to take home.  One from Turn & Burn Pottery, which not only has a cool name but also nice people, and one from the big pottery “outlet” near gate 2.

With our goods in hand we ventured back to the car and headed back home.

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