The end of my marathon

The fair rolls on but my marathon is over. I was here 51 hours in four days. I walked more than 30 miles. I milked two goats, won one goldfish and walked away with two second-places ribbons. In one contest, there were two competitors and in the other there were three.

I’m glad it’s over and so are my wife and my kitty. But it was fun. I loved hanging with the goats. And winning a Minion and my very own fish wasn’t so bad either. I hear people talk about how they don’t really care about the fair and how it’s the same old thing each year. Not me. I love it. I love the chance to do things I wouldn’t otherwise get to do. I love learning about the people. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it.

My belly

I survived my gorge-a-thon. But there were a few moments where things were dicey. My stomach was lurching like a roller coaster. I took a writing break and things settled down. Now I feel OK. Fuller than full. But stable. Still, it was fun. The best part was comparing notes with other people. That and meeting a couple of Clydesdales, Jimmy and Stewart.

Security guards waiting for people to leave.

Security guards waiting for people to leave.

Day 4 fireworks.

Day 4 fireworks.

The Bon Jovi tribute band is back.

The Bon Jovi tribute band is back.

Another pretty night.

Another pretty night.

Calamari marinara

Calamari marinara

Ryan Langton, Glenn Langton and Will Shields sport an interesting choice of headgear.

Ryan Langton, Glenn Langton and Will Shields sport an interesting choice of headgear.

Sweet roasted corn

Sweet roasted corn

Deep-fried brownie bites.

Deep-fried brownie bites.