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Monday, September 29, 2014

Fryeburg Fair 2014 - Fryeburg, Maine

I have been talking about going to the Fryeburg Fair since we have moved to Maine (and I am talking about 2004 when Riley and I moved here with my parents). I usually have one reason or another why I can't make it this year. It usually has to do with money. This year all the stars aligned and Gabrian and I made it to the Fair.

Gabrian's Dad was going to visit him for the day and as an added bonus his Tia Elsa was visiting from Chile (this is the Tia that I lived with when Riley and I did my study abroad). I suggested going to the Fair because you really can't get more American than that and it seemed like such a great experience for Elsa.

Leo and Elsa were coming from Lowell, MA and we decided it would be better to just meet there. The drive for Gabrian and I was absolutely gorgeous. The temperature was perfect and the leaves were only about a week from peaking so it was just a great drive.

We were pretty lucky to find a parking lot (actually someone's front lawn) for the bargain price of $5. We were close enough to the Fair entrance that most places were charging $10. We got lucky that someone was pulling out of our lot so a space freed up for us. We were less than a 1/4 mile to the gate entrance. It cost $10 to gain entrance to the Fair and children 12 and under are free. They have certain days of the week that they offer a senior discount.

We arrived at 1 and we were starving. Gabrian had piece of pizza and I had a Gobbler Sandwich (think of Thanksgiving on a bun). We shared a jumbo donut for dessert.

We wandered around and checked out some animals while we were waiting for the rest of the group.

Next we went to the Pull Ring to watch some Oxen Pull heavy stuff. Gabrian is fascinated with them.

We headed up to the front to wait for Tia Elsa and Leo. We hung out and watched the Police on the golf carts (retired old men hanging around). They did have cuffs so they must have been official. Leo had gotten lost so what should have been about a 2 hour ride, took them about 3 1/2 hours. Elsa was ready to eat her arm off. We headed right to the food booths.

We were ready to explore the Fair but first we got distracted by some pumpkins.

Afterwards, Gabrian was ready to show off some of the animals we had seen.

Then we went to see some actual animals. I have discovered that I was mostly fascinated with the Chickens.

This guy cracks me up. I love his boufant of hair on top!

We were so excited to see the egg in the cage. We contemplated seeing if we could try to steal it. We restrained ourselves.

Our next big event was the tractor pulls. It took us awhile to figure out what they were doing but we finally got it.

We started to head to the rides to check them out.

But first we were distracted by the ice cream.

We finally made it to the rides! Be warned that these were pricey! I think they went on a total of 3 rides total and it cost them $30. They do have certain days of the Fair that you can buy a bracelet for unlimited rides. It costs $15 for the bracelet (this is in addition to the Fair entrance).

We started to head out but found some Halloween displays.

Elsa and I snuck in some Bingo playing before we left for the night.

We finally had to call it a night because we both had rides in front of us and Work/School for most of us. It was such a great experience and I am so happy that we went. It was so wonderful to spend the time with Elsa and get some great practice with my Spanish. I am encouraged that come next March when I see Elsa next in Chile, we will be able to have better conversations. I need to get on the ball with that Rosetta Stone!

After such great weather this weekend, it has been cloudy and back to Fall like weather today.

But at least I have this to help spruce up the outside!

If you are in the area this year (it goes until October 5th) or here next year, I cannot recommend the Fryeburg Fair enough. Come check it out for yourself. They are located at 1154 Main St., Fryeburg, ME.