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August 18th, 2011 at 03:12 pm

The plan tomorrow is to go to the NW Washington Fair. I consider this as sort of a one day staycation/vacation type thing. It cost $10 per adult and $5 per child entry fee. That means it will be $35 for the four of us (and next year DS will be 12 so this is his last year at a child's price). The Lion's Club rents wheel chairs so we could get a regular one for $15 or an electric one for $25. DH tends to get tired pushing me around so I think we might splurge for the electric one. So that right there is $60 just to get in and be mobile. Oh, and parking is usually anywhere from $3 to $8 depending on how close we park. Hopefully the handicapped lot will still be open if we get there early enough.

We will not be doing any rides. Ride bracelets are $30 each, which is utterly ridiculous. And the kids just think the rides are lame as they've been to Disney enough times to know what good rides are. So no big loss there. Most of the music is free and we will look at the dancing groups and the horses, bunnies, and chickens and of course the other animals who are less interesting as well. There are tons of exhibits though I won't be able to go upstairs at all, so I will take my paperback in my purse so that I have something to do while waiting for the family to come back down. Only two of the commercial buildings have 2nd floors. I am looking forward to the local art and the quilts. It is amazing, usually.

Each child will get one souvenir a piece. DH and I might get something each also, but I'm hoping for something practical, like a nice water bottle. There are tons of giveaways so we will end up with a lot of those just by crusing the commercial booths.

There are certain foods that are musts when we go to this fair. Funnel cakes topped with strawberries, whipping cream, and powdered sugar, corn dogs, corn on the cob, ice cream cones from ice cream made on site, fish and chips or chicken and jo-jos, and pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. Most food is shared around between the four of us, (except corn or corn dogs), so we all get a taste of everything. Last year as the fair was closing we were able to get DS a cotton candy with no dye in it, just pure white spun sugar. But we aren't staying until closing this year so it is unlikely he will get that choice.

I am taking $150 to the Fair with $50 as back up money just in case. I don't think we will need it. We usually do fine with $150 (and that was back when we bought ride bracelets for the kids). I haven't been in a couple of years as my health has not allowed so I am really looking forward to this. Hopefully I wake up feeling decent, because I would hate to send them without me.

5 Responses to “Fair Tomorrow”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Enjoy your fair experience!

  2. frugalgirl Says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun. I loved going to our county fair as a kid and looking through all of the animal barns.

    What's a "jo-jo"?

  3. starfishy Says:

    that sounds like a great way to spent the day with your family - have fun!! Yes, and what's a jo-jo? Smile

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Jo-jos are spiced potato wedges. They look like this: http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2007/10/jo_jo_potat...

  5. starfishy Says:

    yum, jo-jos sound and look delicious!

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