Kansas State Fair

Well, I left the computer off at the shop yesterday over my lunch hour. It was like leaving a small child behind. Will they be able to cure its ills? Will I get it back in one piece? Will it work better than it has been? Gosh I hope so.  In the meantime you are stuck with treated to seeing my older photos. Today, we’re going to the State Fair.

Last year, we went down Hutchinson, KS to attend the State Fair. Everything was there that you would expect at a fair in this part of the country.

We always visit the poultry building. We love looking at the chickens, ducks, turkeys, etc. And they like looking back at us.

At the dairy building, a Holstein cow had just had a calf. She had cleaned it off and was standing over it protectively.  A calf is born in the dairy barn most every day during the fair.

In the swine building, life at the fair had gotten to be too much for this pig. He was sleeping so soundly, he never moved when I took his pic. Loved how his tongue was hanging out. I can relate to being that tired.

Every hour through the day there was a sheep shearing exhibition. This sheep made eye contact with me with what seemed like a mute appeal for help. Sorry honey, it’ll grow back.

As evening approached, Harland (hubby) asked me to go up with him on the Ferris wheel so he could get a pic of the midway. I’m afraid of heights, but I swallowed my fear and got aboard. I got some nice pics, and it wouldn’t have been so bad except for the fact that hubby kept moving and shifting position which shook the car around. In between pics I held on with a death grip.  Later I went up again with him. I’m either a glutton for punishment, or just enjoy his company that much, or am wanting to tackle this fear of heights thing. Maybe all of the above.

I used to love riding carousels, and while of course I don’t ride them anymore, I do enjoy watching them. All the lights, color, and movement.

I’ve only ever been to fairs in the Midwest. How does the fair where you live compare?


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22 Responses

  1. Melanie says:

    Loved the picture of the midway!! You should REALLY enjoy another ride on the carousel!! It’ll be well worth it–just don’t look at the adults standing around the outside and you’ll never notice their curious looks 🙂

  2. Lainie says:

    Re: the carousel, definitely hop on and take a ride! Although, be warned: my kids are teens now but when they were little, I rode the merry-go-round with them and came off very dizzy! That didn’t used to happen when I was young 🙂

    Love the chickens! I just posted about some chicken friends, myself! BTW, I really love your blog. I was born and raised in KS and miss it. Your blog brings me closer.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Lainie,
      No-can-do on the carousel – might get sick. My carousel days were over in my 30s.
      BTW, what part of Kansas did you live? I’m in NE Ks.

  3. Lainie says:

    Ha! You and me both. Even watching the merry-go-round these days makes me ill 🙂

    I grew up in North Central Kansas, Belleville to be exact. It is so pretty there, but I think NE KS might be even prettier. (my husband grew up in KC). Living on the front range in Colorado, my husband and I always comment how much we love all the trees that grow for no reason in Kansas–no one is watering, fertilizing, or wrapping them to keep the deer away. They just grow without any baby-ing!

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Lainie,
      My husband was out in Belleville earlier this summer photographing a race at the speedway there in Belleville for a book to be released next April about the 8 Wonders Of Kansas. Lovely old speedway.

  4. aletha says:

    We have the Illinois State fair only been there twice in my 20’s can not get husband to go there. I love the pictures the hog is so cute , when my children were in 4-H there leader had a big Hog and it was so friendly the kids love to go over there lol. My daughter was growning a plant and brought it over there but he got a hold of it and ate it she came home crying it was suppose to go to the Fair. So Thanks for bring back those memories of Fairs and the rides fun fun fun time.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Aletha,
      Oh dear, that’s so sad/funny about your daughter’s plant for the fair. I’ll bet she’ll never forget that.

  5. Sally Bishop says:

    I was at the Kansas State Fair, in Hutch, in 1980. My dad was manning a booth for his college department. Air Supply was the band playing the night we attended. My mom and I went into downtown Hutch and bought the material for my bridesmaids dresses. I got married that November. Thanks for the memories Suzanne.

  6. Teresa says:

    Looks like a lot of fun!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Nice shot from the ferris wheel 😉 I love going to fair to check out games stalls and the merry-go-rounds… I am not a a fan of the ferris wheel either 😀

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Stephanie,
      Thank you. If it wasn’t for the height, the ferris wheel is the most non-violent of the rides there and one I could go on over and over. I need a short ferris wheel.

  8. Doe of Mi. says:

    Oh, sweet baby calf, so cute. I’m the same as you when it comes to heights and ferris wheels. And to think of when I, as teen, used to climb the windmill on our farm that was 75ft. tall. Life occurs with changes, I guess.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Doe,
      I used to climb the 50 foot tall maple tree in our front yard, and today I have a hard time with 5 feet.

  9. Rebecca says:

    I LOVE the State Fair! Well, I love ALL fairs, but the SF is my favorite. My family has had bunnies there the past 2 years and this year we watched one of the baby calves be born.
    I can’t do the rides anymore. I almost got sick on the Ferris Wheel this year, so I probably won’t be riding that one again. I used to be able to ride them all over and over for hours.
    Great pictures!

  10. I do love a fair! It’s been a while though. Our fairs here in PA look exactly the same. We have the livestock tents from 4H and all of the rides and food booths as well. I don’t mind the ferris wheel too much, but DO NOT like it when it gets rocked around…I really get scared! I don’t blame you for the death grip! that’s funny! but not really funny…I know!

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Bonnie,
      Yes, it was bad enough the height and all, and then Harland was adjusting his position to get a better picture and the thing kept rocking back and forth. I kept giving him the evil eye, but he wasn’t looking, so it was a waste of time. 🙂

  11. Marilyn says:

    You can ask anybody that knows me….I love fairs!!! Love the state fair, we didn’t go this year, but do most years. I drag hubby to all the county fairs around, and we are active at one of our county fairs. Our Osage County has 3 fairs….most people think that is crazy…but this gal loves it!!
    To me fairs is the livestock and other exhibits, I am not interested in the rides at all, but I know that makes the fair scene.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Marilyn,
      I’m not interested in the rides either, but love looking at all the animals. Our county used to have several fairs too, but we only have one now.

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