County fairs are a big deal in Indiana. It stems back to our farming roots, and even city kids take part in 4H around these parts. A great deal of friendly competition occurs in the exhibitions that range from quilt making to raising livestock. We decided to take the grandkids to see the various exhibitions and ride a couple of rides on a potentially rainy Saturday morning. We loaded into the car and headed for the Howard County Fair.
Mud at the Howard County Fair
The sky hanging over our heads looked ominous. We’ve had so much rain for the past month; I knew the fairgrounds would be a muddy mess. That did deter our adventure-seeking crew. Not only has there been an excessive amount of rain, but it is also construction season here in Indiana. We discovered the main highway we needed to travel closed for repairs. The shutdown forced us onto country roads. You never know what to expect when you journey down one of these narrow lanes.
We arrived at our destination without a single unfortunate event, but when we stepped out of the car, our feet sunk in the mud. One of our granddaughters was so excited, and she attempted to hurry us toward the carnival rides. Rooster and I had to slow her down, or she would have run toward the twirling metal contraptions.
Our Experience at the Howard County Fair
Disappointment filled my heart when I discovered all the exhibitions were gone. Earlier in the week, the judging was done, and the ribbons were awarded. My heart sunk. I spent so much time talking up all the animals that would be on display that I knew my granddaughters would be disappointed. Their spirits revived when they saw the handful of tickets Rooster bought for them to go on the rides.
They drove bright yellow and red cars fastened to train tracks
They rode in the belly of a bear
They slid down a giant slide
And they even climbed aboard a dragon roller coaster
The biggest surprise of the day occurred when they talked me into riding on a Ferris Wheel apparatus. I am generally up for most adventures, but carnival rides are excluded from the long list of things I will do. Let’s say I had a bad experience once upon a time. Rooster and our new adventure partners talked me into going with them. The girls wouldn’t allow me to remain on the ground, so I thought I would teach them a big lesson about facing their fears. I don’t believe they learned a thing. I will say everyone felt sorry for me by the time the ride ended, but at least I didn’t get sick to my stomach.
Conclusion to our Howard County Fair adventure
We had a good time at the fair, even without the exhibitions. We made a note to go earlier in the week next year. We decided lunch on the lake was the best way to end the day. We rode to The Boathouse and enjoyed a good meal watching the boats on the water. We aren’t sure where the road will take us next week, but we all plan to hang loose and do some traveling. Fun is waiting for us around the next corner.
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