On Saturday morning we were up early and out the door by just after 8am so we could get the train from Fishers to the Indiana State Fair. The kids loved being on the train and spent a good 5 minutes or so saying "chug a chug a choo choo!"
Once we arrived at the State Fair we got on the shuttle service to go around the Fair so we could see where everything was and what we would want to see first. The area it covers is huge and there was lots of things the kids wanted to see. K kept saying she wanted to get off the shuttle so we could go and look at something but we did a complete loop before getting off again.
First thing we saw was the pigs. The area they were in was really smelly but the pigs were so clean! I have never seen such clean pigs before! After looking around and all the pigs and piglets we headed off on a general wander around the place with no clear idea where we were going or what we wanted to see.
There are lots of food choices at the State Fair. Some of them are a bit odd and there was no way we were going to be trying them! Ben had made sandwiches and had other snacks. I spent the first 18 years of my life in Edinburgh and the Scots have been known to like deep frying stuff. However, I have never seen anything like this before! I also didn't try elephant ears. Not entirely sure what they are even now!
We did stop at the Baskins Robbins stall and bought 4 ice creams costing a total of $14. Later on we found a vendor that was giving away free ice cream so we all had another one. Well, it is rude to turn down free ice cream isn't it?! K and Z also had some cotton candy. We also snagged 2 free bags of Homestyle Mac N Cheese.
The day we were at the State Fair was Ball State University Day so there was lots of Ball State things around and people wearing red University shirts. K found a craft table where she could decorate a visor. She then proudly wore it around the Fair! She also got a red bracelet that flashed that she loved.
We went to Midway and went on a few of the rides. First we sized up the kids to make sure they were tall enough to go on the rides they wanted to go on. We went on the Ferris Wheel first and then Ben took the kids on a splash ride and I took them on a kiddie balloon type ride.
The kids really enjoyed the water ride and somehow K managed to stay almost completely dry. Ben on the other hand got soaked and he had to wander around looking like he had wet himself for a little while. Luckily it was a hot and sunny day so he dried off quickly. Although it cooled them all off when they got wet!
I had never been on a Ferris Wheel before and I managed to take some photos when we were up high and could see over a lot of the Fairground. The view was really good and as it was sunny with clear skies you could see a lot of the Fair. I am not sure I would want to be there on a rainy day!
K and I had watched a video on YouTube of one of the sculptures being put together and she got very excited when she saw it in real life. It was huge.
We rounded off the trip having a slow walk around the Fairgrounds and ended back at the train for the journey home.
Ben managed to lose his Droid cell phone at some point on the way home and did not realise until the following morning. Luckily we both use Google Latitude so I was able to see where the phone was and it turned out it was in Fishers at the train station. He must have dropped it on the train and someone handed it in. It has a security lock on it so no one could have used it but he was very relieved to get it back on Sunday morning.
We have now had our first trip to a State Fair and it was a good experience. It made a change to going to the balloon festival in Northampton every year.
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