Not everybody loves the State Fair. There was even a time in my own life, I admit, when my attitude went like this: "Oh, my God, the fair is here again? The exhibits? The crowds? The noise? The food?"
Then I experienced a conversion, and now my attitude goes like this: "Oh, my God! The fair is here again! The exhibits, the crowds, the noise! The food!"
It's all in the punctuation.
Get ready. The State Fair starts Thursday.
I hear you. In my young adulthood I stopped going because it was the same every year (one or two new foods or exhibits notwithstanding). But of course when I had kids, I had to bring them, and suddenly it was fun again. Traditions were born and being able to eat and do many of the same things every year became a pleasure. The kids are grown now, but my wife and I still go every year. Usually just for an evening, but it's nice. My favorite tradtion is when I buy a big glass (cup) of Summit and my wife takes a sip, thereby reconfirming her dislike of beer.
So are you going to hide again this year Eric until nobody finds you?
Because the show that used to rescue you every year isnt on anymore?
I had gotten bored with it and stopped going as an adult. Not much new from year to year.
However, once I became a parent, it was worth it to see the incredulous looks on the kids faces when they see how huge a real cow or a real horse are. It was all brand new to my city kids. Once the kids got old enough to go on their own with their friends, I lost interest again.
These days, we go with our grown up kids and the grandchildren, and I am starting to see the charm in the way nothing much ever changes. It's kind of comforting in a world where it seems like everything else changes all the time.
Aaron: Thanks for bringing up "Where's Eric?" We played hide and seek on the Morning Show for 13 straight years, if you count the year I had to play remotely because I was taking my daughter to college. There's been loose talk of staging a reunion game some year, but nothing has come of it so far. These days, the legacy of "Where's Eric?" for me is that every time I visit the fair I become paranoid. But in a fun way.
//These days, the legacy of "Where's Eric?" for me is that every time I visit the fair I become paranoid.
being employed by either of these institutions can make you that way. : )