Saturday, September 29, 2012

A horse, a buggy and a fair.

On Tuesday, we headed to Lititz to get some last minute Wilbur Chocolates, and spend some time walking downtown. This area is so rich in history. The old buildings are beautiful, and there are times that I could totally picture how life may have been 2 or 3 hundred years ago.
 

I have a picture of me in first grade, standing beside this same pretzel. I wish I knew where it is.



That night, we went to a favorite pizzeria for dinner with my parents, my cousin and her family, and my grandparents. I can not get enough of spending time with this family! I love them.

Wednesday was our last official day in Pennsylvania. The kids played outside in the morning, and then we got to do something really special...



 

This is Smokey. But Grady calls him Smoker.
 
And on our last official day there on the farm, Ms. Martha took us for a horse and buggy ride.





 

That afternoon, we headed to The Ephrata Fair, which is a big deal. It is always held near the week of my birthday, and growing up, the day of the parade would occasionally fall on my birthday. My mom led me to believe that the parade was in honor of my birthday, so I have a special appreciation of this fun time.

The fair is a week long street fair, the largest in Pa. There are activities all week, such as brass bands on stage, rooster and pig chases, a petting zoo, rides, peanut scrambles, crafts, games for the kids, and tug-of-war for the adults. There are all kinds of judged competitions, like lamb/sheep, dairy cow, rabbit and goats, and vegetables. And there is a ridiculous amount of good fair foods served up as well.

We started out with a visit to the local fire station. The department is 100% volunteer, which is different than here in Florida. The firemen were super friendly, gave Bryan a tour, and filled us in on how they do things there.


 
 
Grady missed out on all the fun.
 
This makes me laugh. Really. I can not imagine in a million years, this happening in Florida... Days before the fair starts, people start claiming their seats for the parade. They lay out folding chairs, camping chairs, lawn chairs, etc... on the sidewalk, and leave them there- for days. Some people lay a string, tied to water jugs, across the spot where they want to sit. And no one takes their stuff. Can you imagine that? Every time I see it, I laugh.




 


 

"Let me in, let me in!"
"Let me out, let me out!"
She likes to drink water out of a coffee cup,
and call it coffee.






 

There is rye, wheat and other like items in those jars. And a giant sunflower and tobacco on the table.


 
My all time favorite ride ever, is the ferris wheel. When the fair comes to town (or any neighboring town) I get so excited, and feel like I just HAVE to go, if only to ride the ferris wheel. I took the kids for a ride, and the very generous workers gave a triple ride for the price of one ride.
 

This picture was taken a little before 5pm. These streets would become wall to wall people within an hour.





 



The two sweet girls above are my cousins Chelsea and Lexi. (You might remember them as my pretty flower girls, nine years ago.)



 After the rides, it was time for the parade. We found our seats, yes, claimed by a rope on the sidewalk, and watched for the best parade ever!

 

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