I think that we love the fair as much for the memories as for the current attractions. My earliest memories of going to the Pacific National Exhibition was when I was probably about eight. Oddly I don't have a picture of this. My mom and my aunt Mary took us kids in the afternoon and our dad and uncle met us later in the evening. This began a long tradition of the once a summer trek to the fair. Back then each child received a entrance ticket on their last day of school before the summer vacation.
We continued this tradition with our own children, even though they would now question why we didn't buy them all day ride tickets, we still had fun. (I think we did anyway) So, Terry and I made the trek once more, to watch the various free shows. He enjoyed the "wheels of steel" while I people watched and marveled at the sky line.
I pondered our lunch, and we finally settled on what is claimed to be the best fish and chips at the fair. It was actually quite good. We found a spot on some grass in the shade to have our picnic. Okay . . .wrong order of pictures . . .pretend you saw this before the picnic picture . .
We walked through the farm animals to see what they look like in the city. We don't have one of these in our field. He's a big boy.
We enjoyed watching baby chicks hatch. It was so fun watching the children watch the chicks hatch.
I admired the perfect rows of garden. It really is fun to see what the 4H clubs do to involve kids in the fair.
Okay, these we've seen before, we did a visual inspection. No those are not our ribbons.
Terry and I laughed at this mom . .is she smiling or what? A successful nurser.
We watched the kids watch the parade and remembered the favorite stories that I have tucked away . . .(woo hoo)
I did a photo op for the 2010 Olympics . . .a professional snowboarder . . .that's me.
We watched this fellow build the Vancouver skyline out of cards, this was amazing.
We watched more children watch the parade, and thought of more books tucked away.
So, is the fair worth visiting? Well, that would depend on why you want to go there. If you want your $15. worth of entertainment, it probably is. If you want to wait in lines, and deliberate about food choices, this might be for you. If you want to remember taking your children to the fair and planning for the next set . . .it's a good idea to check it out.
However, if you just enjoy your day . . .no matter where you go . . . .as long as you do it together . .. . then, definitely . . . ..take in the fair . .. .we'll go again . . .just to have a date.
Tomorrow, you'll see our trying to break into show business. So close . .. (and that is where I had the best fun)
Have a wonderful day, I'm off to have my roots looked at . . .