September 3, 2016

North Idaho State Fair | 2016

I was ridiculously excited to take Ivy to the fair this year.  After all, it was her first fair experience!  I remember going to the fair with my family when I was little, and I couldn't wait to make new memories with my own little girl!

Hank was able to take the day off so we could go together.  He has a lot of fair memories as well, mostly have hanging out all day, every day taking care of 4-H goats and sheep.

Watching the swine show.

Our first stop was the 4-H swine show.  For those who have never seen a swine show, it goes something like this...  You have a bunch of 4-Hers with their pigs milling around the show pen.  They're all trying to show their pigs off to the best advantage for the judge.  One pig gets a bit too close to another pig and FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!!  The air fills with squeals as the pigs gnaw on each other.  This continues until a guy rushes over with a big board and shoves it in between the pigs so they can't see each other, thus ending the disagreement.  You were so right, Hank - the pig show is exciting and awesome! *grin* 

Ivy loved looking at all the animals.  This adorable Dexter cow made her laugh!  So did the goats in the goat barn.

This is pretty much how Ivy rode the whole time - sitting up and staring at everything with big eyes.  Also, strollers are awesome!  Don't have to carry the kid, and there's a nice big storage basket.

I think we walked through every display and animal building, except for the Rabbit barn.  For some reason we missed that one.

Our adorable child making adorable faces.

They had an awesome Farm to Table park set up for the kids.  Ivy enjoyed sitting in the saddle a lot.

Little cowgirl.

We couldn't get her to look at the camera for this one, but still totally cute.

Kindly tilt your head to the left so you can watch a short video...

I feel like an idiot for the sideways filming.  I know better!  Oh well.  Still cute.
Except for the kid screaming in the background.  So glad it's not mine.

And then my camera battery died. Which was very sad.

They had some really neat sideshows at the fair this year.  We enjoyed the Canadian Lumberjack show and the African Acrobats.  There was a European Marionette show which sounded amazing, but in reality it was...well, creepy is the only word that comes to mind.  Also, weird.  We sat and watched for a bit, mostly because there was shade, and ate our ice cream cones.  We were so thankful that Ivy wasn't old enough to enjoy it and didn't pitch a fit when we left. *wink*

And that's about it.  We watched a bit of women's breakaway calf roping, ate German sausage with sauerkraut, and Ivy even took a short nap towards the end.  She was good as gold the whole day. It was a really fun day, and I'm so happy I got to spend it with my two favorite people in the whole world. *smile*

Do you have a state or county fair that you go to?
What is your favorite thing about the fair?
I want to know! 


  1. Cute, cute photos of your day together at the state fair! So glad you were able to go and enjoy the many exhibits, food, and shows. State Fairs are always fun no matter how old you are.

  2. Love the pictures and Ivy....Maybe next year we'll go...imagine then, we'll have 2 crazy toddlers on our hands wanting to get into EVERYTHING!!! :) <3


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