The fair came to town. We waited until the very last day and took Eli for his very first East Tennessee fair experience. I hadn't been to one since probably high school, and let me say, it did not disappoint. It was even Latina day at the fair, so we enjoyed hearing hispanic music there too.
There was every kind of meat on a stick and fried food you could imagine. We ate two hot dogs, and were disappointed, so Matthew went back and got himself a giant sausage on a bun. We were pretty satisfied with that. Everyone wants you to play their game, and one guy kept calling out to Matth, "Oh look, it's Mr. Hollywood. Show us what ya got Hollywood." I told Matth he was a little too nicely dressed for the fair.
They had a petting zoo set up in the middle of the fairground, and Eli was in love. He touched almost every animal, and would stand and stare at the camels when they stood up. He's never seen anything so close up before.
This guy was so mean. Ostrich? Emu? They had sharp beaks and would crane their necks far out and try to peck the food out of your hand. We didn't stop long to visit with them.
Eli was too small for almost every single ride there but two of them. He just made the cut-off for the inches requirement, but was definitely the youngest child on them. Other parents were watching my reactions b/c I was so nervous for my tiny toddler riding alone.
He LOVED the rides. His tiny hiney would slide off the seats, but I told the man to strap him in for dear life, and then I double-checked it to make sure he wasn't going anywhere. It was so much fun to see him having so much fun.
Next, we splurged and let Eli try his first funnel cake. He actually wasn't too impressed, which isn't news to me. He chose lima beans over creamed corn and mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving. He likes to eat healthy, that boy.
I'm working on using our self-timer more. It's nice to have shots of the three of us together every now and then.
Mr. Hollywood enjoying his second lunch at the fair.
I'd say our first fair together was a success. I'm not so sure we'll make it a yearly tradition, but we enjoyed showing Eli part of his redneck roots. :)