You know what else happens here in the Fall that I love??? The state fair!!! Ever since I was really young, it was a tradition for my dad to take me every year. I remember playing all the games until one of us (well let’s be honest–it was never me) won the exact prize I wanted. I remember my dad carrying around huge arm fulls of stuffed animals. I remember always taking home the delicious fair fudge. For some people fair food is about deep fryers. For my family, it is the fudge. Last year, schedules did not work out and we never got to go together. Booooo. This year we tried to go, drove there and then realized it was closed on Tuesdays. Double booooooo. But luckily, last night it all finally worked out!!! Hooray!! Hermano and I were stoked.
The weather was pretty awful (of course the ONE night is is windy and rainy in Phoenix is the night we go to the fair) so Steve left his camera at home, and all of these horrible quality photos were taken from my cell phone. We’ll all live with the bad photos. The world will not end 😉
As soon as we walked in we walked right up to my least favorite part of going to the fair with Hermano and my dad…
They will seriously spend HOURS at the basketball games sometimes!! Luckily (for me, anyway), this one was ridiculous and lame, so they each tried once and then we were able to be on our way.
You were supposed to make 8 shots in 15 seconds. Can you even TAKE 8 shots in 15 seconds? Well I can tell you who definitely can NOT: My Dad. He still has some moves on him, but they are ssssslllllooooowwwwww moves. Speed is not his forte 😉 Hermano either, but I think he at least took 8 shots haha.
Then we came right up to my fair weakness–the fudge stand!! Did I mention that a long run day may not be the best day to be surrounded by tons of tempting food? I’m always a bottomless pit on those days! And of course, they had PUMPKIN FUDGE. Yummmm. I was going to just pass by and let it be, but my dad offered to get a piece so that I could have a bite because all I really wanted was a taste. Couldn’t say no to that! He ended up getting the black forest flavor and Hermano and I split a half slice of pumpkin which the nice lady cut into tiny bite size pieces. It was sooooo sweet that all I ended up even wanting was a small piece, but it did the trick!
We also did a couple of fun houses. Yes, they are a little lame, but they are still fun to me!
Obviously Hermano is a pro.
After posing for this shot, one of the fair guys came up and tried to help Hermano. He thought he had actually fallen and was hurt. Nice to know those fair people are there to help! Better than the carnie with no teeth that told Steve I should put out because he won me a stuffed animal. Yikes. That was a few years ago, I was much more impressed with the carnies this year 🙂
One of the best parts was this entertainment show we stumbled across. First I thought it was sword swallowing, but then it turned out to be torch juggling
This guy was not only talented, but pretty hilarious. Also, the drunkies around shouting ridiculously were pretty entertaining.
There were blades! Just not being swallowed. Instead, they were juggled on a unicycle on a tight rope. I was only mildly afraid of one of them flying out and chopping my head off.
After the show, we all did the bumper cars which were….ummmm…well they were okay. We had fun even though the cars themselves kinda sucked.
Steve kept complaining about the steering and technical capabilities haha. He’s such a car nerd. Steve and I also did one of those dress up antique pictures where we dressed as pirates, and Hermano and I went on the ride where it takes you up in the air and drops you.
Then we had an amazing dinner that I took no pictures of because I was too hungry at our family’s favorite restaurant–Avanti’s!! It is seriously the best Italian food in the world. I am not the biggest fan of Italian these days, but it sounded amazing last night. I ended up with some delicious salmon with a lemon sauce and taking bites of the real amazing stuff–everyone else’s pasta. I just can’t eat a whole dinner of pasta anymore. I don’t like the way I feel after, but that doesn’t stop me from sneaking bites from everyone else’s! Then Hermano played piano–on weekends they have a live pianist, but they always let Jacob play! It’s so awesome!! He did amazing and even got $20 tip from a stranger! Sweeeeeet!! I was also coerced into singing with him which went better than you would expect at 10pm after a glass of wine haha.
All in all, amazing night with my amazing family. 🙂