We had a blast spending our Wednesday afternoon at the State Fair. First on our agenda were the free horse riding lessons. Lucky for us, the horse riding complex is right next to the beer tasting. This was a win-win for the girls and us.

The amount of food, agriculture, games, and rides are overwhelming. This was our third year going, and we were prepared with a plan. You could easily spend an entire 8+ hour day meandering about the fair grounds.

Growing up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania, my fair experience was starkly different. As a kid we attended small, county-sized fairs. I remember huge barns filled with cows and horses. Agriculture was the bulk of the entertainment and the air was chilly.

In the agricultural areas we saw the largest watermelon grown to date, in the entire world, at over 300 pounds. There was a 1000 pound pumpkin. Aisles and aisles of North Carolina grown produce, and a few pens of live stock.

We brought our appetites and enjoyed roasted corn, NCSU Howling Cow ice cream, Al’s french fries, a Reese-O (Reese cup between 2 Oreos and deep fried), pulled pork jalepeno poppers wrapped in bacon, a pimento cheese eggroll, fried pickles, kettle corn, candy + caramel apples, and country ham biscuits…

On our way out we let the girls pick 1 game to play. Now, we are the owners of a giant stuffed Smurf!