The girls were eager to start their day at the fair
Troy and the girls inside "Little Hands on the Farm,"
our first stop of the day
Our two little farmers – seed caps and all!
First the girls "planted" their seeds at the farm
Playing in the dirt is fun!
Then the girls got to "pick" the vegetables they'd
The tractor tire is still taller than them – at least
for now :-)
Jenna fuels her tractor up with biodiesel. (Too bad the biodiesel
couldn't fix the fact that she chose a broken tractor that
Jenna made it around the track, with a little help from Dad
We ran into our great friends, the Reitanos, at little hands
on the farm. Can you tell Jenna was happy to see Max?
The kids "sell" the items they "grew"
and "raised" at the market, where they earn a dollar
they get to spend in the store to buy a snack
Emma, Jenny, Pete, Max and Jenna walk to get a snack. You
can't be at the fair long before having something
fried or on a stick! :-)
Silly Max and Jenna
Emma, Jenna and Max check out the baby chicks
Emma pets one of the baby ducks
Max and Jenna pet the baby goat. (Notice Emma is nowhere in
site? …After a goat chewed on her friend's jacket on
a zoo field trip when she was little, she's always hated goats.)
This little piggy… is awfully cute.
Emma gives the pig some love, too
Jenny, Troy and the kids check out another baby duck
The ducklings had a pretty cool play area, complete with slide,
pool, and container of birdseed
Pete, Max and Grandpa Jones (aka, Jenny's dad) take a break
Can you tell Jenna didn't want her picture taken?
"Dad's in the picture? Okay, NOW I'll smile!"
Troy and the girls, waiting for the dog
stunt show to start
We all really liked the dog stunt show. The coolest part?
All of the dogs in the show had been rescued from shelters!
The Budweiser Clydesdale horses were at the fair, too. They
get lots of special treatment, including their own stables
– and getting groomed by being vacuumed. (Although this
guys doesn't look too happy about being vacuumed!)
It's amazing Emma got this close. For some reason, she and
Jenna were completely petrified of the horses. …They
look pretty fierce, don't they? ;-)
The girls had their photo taken in a hippie backdrop at the
Governor's VSA Arts of Iowa Carnvial – which fit in
with the fair's 70s-esque "U Gotta Love It" theme
The girls also made fans at the arts carnival. Do you see
all those craft supplies – pipe cleaners, sequins, glitter,
tissue paper and tacky glue? That's a dream come true for
our artsy girls!
I'm not even sure I want to know what Jenna was planning
with that look on her face. :-)
Jenna and Emma also played the games at the arts carnival
– including this flower pot bean bag toss
The girls catch a glimpse of the "Bob the Builder"
Hey, Jenna! The camera's this way!
As part of Wells Fargo Day at the fair, the company has a
special grandstand event for employees. Emma and I were pretty
tired by that point, so we went in an hour or so before the
show to save some seats.
Emma used the time to fill in all the birthdays and events
for the upcoming year on a calendar she'd gotten.
After A LOT of waiting – and a very fashionably late
entrance – Wynonna took the stage
Right before we left, we even got to see the Clydesdales in