Posted by TFG on October 10th, 2012
Yesterday afternoon, I took GS1 to the State Fair of Texas for a few hours. It was his Fair Day, a quaint custom that I am surprised to see has survived. His little brother, GS2, was in ‘school’, and his parental units met us later that day with him for their own Fair Day. Stupid amounts of money were spent on the sucker games of the Midway, primarily because I broke down in the face of GS1 nagging. We walked around the livestock area as much as I possibly could to forestall the Midway, but the barns were empty, as it’s turnover time from the FFAs and 4Hs to the big-time cattle barons and their breed-specific shows. We saw a dog frisbee show, a cow-milking exhibition, a sheep-shearing, an enormous hog, some horse-riding show-offy kind of deal, the Youth Market winners (sheep, goat, barrow, steer), the AgPower/John Deere display, and random other time-wasters. We ate a Fletchers’ corny dog, and wandered around the new trucks. The Midway, even though he had never ever been to the Midway, was impossible to stay away from. Good thing they had beer. I shudder to think what his parents spent after the hostage exchange, as they were planning to hit the rides.
I’ll be back on Saturday, during the UT-OU game, to drive a shuttle for the livestock exhibitors, twixt the overflow parking and the barns. I hope it’s hot, or at least warm, so as to enhance the girl-watching — no old man wants to see co-eds in warm coats.
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