Did you get out to the Markham Fair this year? One year made a HUGE difference in what Baby C got out of the experience. We went on Saturday morning and Mother Nature did her part by keeping the temperatures relatively warm for end of September. We hit up the fair in our usual way, the front buildings first and then through all the way to the end and loop to the rides (we don’t go on them, but we like to look).
Baby C loved the animals so much we had to see them again at the end. We saw the poultry first. Wow, those hairstyles! Baby C got so close to them, I thought they would peck out her eyes. We moved onto the next building to see the chickens and goats. We loved the big barn the best especially because Mommy Pig was super active as her piglets ran in circles all over the place. In all these years we’ve been going, I’ve never seen her do anything other than sleep. She looked like an annoyed mom and at one point, she flung one piglet into the side of the trough! Two of the piglets were playing tag so a lot of bumping and grunting occurred and a crowd had gathered. The horses stuck their heads out for a petting, goats were curious about all the people walking by, and the sheep looked ready for a rest. The fluffy chicks were warm in their incubators and the cow stayed still for most the time we were there. Old Macdonald’s Barn is always a blast.
We did a bit of shopping after the animals. I got a sweeper and it has to be my favourite purchase ever at the fair. I ran into a girlfriend and she got one too so we took advantage of the deal (one for $25 and two for $20). Thanks, girl! 😛 I hope you guys use it as much as I do. The great thing about the sweeper is that it really does get the corners and is light and easy to maneuver. The girls even enjoy it. (Anything to get them cleaning is fine with me.)
Next we walked through to the arts and crafts tents. We saw the artwork and I even recognized some past students’ work! Great work, guys! We ended up at the antique book where we played a guessing game. We had to match the antique with its purpose and we got 14/14. How excited were we? This was like a real life episode of Antique Road Show (which HTD enjoys). We ended up chatting with the lady running the booth and she commented on how good the girls were. 🙂 She was a former kindergarten teacher herself and probably happy we spent so much time figuring things out. Educational, but fun. We love stuff like that.
Moving on after that building was the food competition building. Hip Teacher Dada and I always joke that we should submit a store-bought pie and see what happens. Do the people bake in the presence of judges? Who are the judges? How do we become judges (that’s our stomachs talking)? Always after that building, we have odd cravings for tarts. 😛 It still makes me laugh how huge people can grow their veggies. Seriously, how does one even grow zucchini thicker than my thigh?
Heading outside we decided to grab a snack. We bypassed the blooming onion (first time we skipped it, so sad) and headed straight for the corndogs and poutine. WARNING! Do not go to the poutine booth that is on the corner. We did NOT get true poutine with the curds. I was so disappointed that it was just shredded cheese. HTD said it was false advertising and I agree. You cannot claim you sell poutine when it clearly isn’t. That was a bit annoying, but we didn’t let that ruin our day! 🙂 (The girls just wanted fries so whatever form they could get it in didn’t matter.) However, it makes me feel like I have to ask, “Curds in your poutine?” Would that be insulting?
After our snack, we decided to walk around. We headed for the rides, but because of our nervousness in their set-up, we don’t do them. We get Canada’s Wonderland passes anyway and we feel much safer about going on rides that are permanent. (Does anyone else feel this way?) There were no particular prizes we wanted to win so we didn’t play any games this year. It really was a quick trek around the midway. We popped in for more cool animal sightings and a goat competition. Baby C was fascinated with the large machinery on our way out. Perhaps she will be a farmer one day? We love our annual tradition and this was no different.
Did you visit the 2017 fair? What did you like?