We've been to the County Fair before but it's been awhile. We had such a great time today! We were able to get in free because we were attending for a *field trip*. There was so much to do and see. In the past we've paid attention to the CA History emphasis. This time we paid more attention to the early Ameircan emphasis and there was plenty of that. I had never noticed it before, I guess.
The kids watched a blacksmith demonstration, wool felting demo, participated in hooking (latching?) a rag rug, created a rag doll and even played with and early American toy! The wool felting guy was so pleasant and friendly, telling us all about the craft and how to create toys, that we purchased a wool felting kit and can't wait to get started! We were in that area for a few hours, then we headed over to the farm animals.
The children received free chocolate milk. That was a nice treat. They were able to pet and feed goats and an alpaca. They viewed live chicks and chickens and read about their life cycle. We watched a sheep sheering demonstration and saw a live honey bee exhibit. Of course we couldn't resist buying some honey too!
S & L also made a real cowboy rope and rocked on a giant rocking horse.
We couldn't resist checking out all the children's art and crafts entries. There were so many talented pieces of artwork, photography, sewing, quilting, drawing etc. I regret not having the kiddos enter anything this year...but I'm planning ahead for *next* year! ;-)
We payed extra to see the Body exhibit. It is actual human bodies that have been exquisitely preserved. It was so amazing. They had human organs, healthy ones compared to cancerous and diseased ones. It was so amazing to see how fearfully and wonderfully created we are. To see the organs, veins and structures of the body was beyond anything we could imagine or create from our own minds.
It was a great but long day. After that it was off to art class!