We hadn't been in many years and must admit it was a
few hours of fun, even moments of nostalgia, in
yesterday's brilliant sunshine.
We wandered through the midway rides, watched the children
having a great time, while families stuffed huge 'snacks'
the likes of which I refuse to even describe!
At last, a more healthy 'snack', however we opted for a dish
of maple walnut ice cream churned by a John Deere tractor!
We looked, our taste buds wondering just how yummy a scone or
a muffin has to be to gain a blue ribbon!
For me the only real disappointment was not being able
to get up close and personal with the livestock any longer.
Due to animal-borne illnesses where children became
ill some years back, state laws have changed disallowing
handling of chicks, ducklings, bunnies etc. Hand washing
when exiting the livestock buildings is enforced.
This handsome young bull was the closest I came to a
large animal - he was in the Children's Barnyard and out
of reach to probing little hands. . .petting zoos are
now a definite no-no.
Loved the displays of arts, crafts, cookery . . . such
talent from North Carolina's great artisans.
Next time I'll share the gardens and floral displays at
the State Fair.
I was greatly impressed - not quite the world famous
Chelsea Flower Show of London, but truly beautiful, with
colors and designs that knocked my socks off!