We didn't make it to the Indiana State Fair this year (bummer!), but we did spend a quiet Sunday morning at the Bartholomew County Fair. Since we're new to Columbus, it was our first trip to this county's fair. We were not disappointed.
It was quiet that morning (the midway wasn't open, and neither were the food booths... so no elephant ears for us!) I'm sure we'll pick a different time to go next year so that we can experience all the gluttony, sights and sounds a county fair offers, but this was actually kind of nice too. We focused instead on spending lots of time in the animal barns and watching 4-H kids show off their horses. Afterall, that's what a fair is all about, before we got all hung up in deep frying butter and oreos.
(While it makes for bad photographs, I love it when we can't get the arrow to look at the camera... it's usually because he's having so much fun looking at all there is to see!)
So if the bigger state fairs overwhelm you, or are too far from home, definitely put your local fair on your calendar for next summer. It's a great outing for little kids--they can get up close and personal with the animals, and you won't be rushed by masses of people.