New York State Fair (field trip #1)

Today, we took the kids to the NYS fair in Syracuse. It’s about an hour and half drive for us but we thought, after looking at the web site, it would be worth it. We were so right! Everybody had such a good time. It was funny because as we were arriving I mentioned how I wondered if it would smell like cows, like our county fairs always did as a kid. When we got into the fairgrounds the first place we went was into one of the livestock building so of course it smelled like cows! Not necessarily a pleasant smell but certainly a memorable one. 🙂
We saw so many cool things, I think I’ll just list them and give details as I can.
  • Guernsey calf-so cute, I would say about 4 weeks old, but what do I know?! We were all able to pet it and of course it tried to suck on the kids’ hands. That’s what babies do, ya know.
  • Holstein cows, pigs (do you know the difference between a boar and a barrow?),rabbits, chickens, roosters, geese, chicks, ducks, goats, sheep.
  • Eggs-ostrich, emu, etc.
  • Horse show-we didn’t really watch the show but we did see a few of the horses and carriages that were in it….6 horses together pulling some fancy ride!
  • Visited the agricultural museum: learned about pioneer life, spoke with a lady who was spinning wool into yarn on a spinning wheel. It was fascinating to watch her spinning as she talked to us. She was able to answer every question we (well, I) threw at her. Of course I was the only one with questions! The reason wool shrinks for us (and not while on the sheep) is because of the agitating and temperature of your wash water. Tip: hand wash any wool sweater, etc. and if you use cold water to wash it rinse it with cold water; if you wash with hot water then rinse in hot water. Plus, you don’t need to wring it out, press the water out then lie flat to dry. Ta-da, now your wool clothing will not shrink! She also said people who are allergic to wool are not allergic to the actual wool but the dyes and the process businesses use to get out the dirt and bits of hay, etc. Very interesting learning time! We saw a guy making brooms, a man making dulcimers, a woman weaving baskets and another woman weaving yarn into cloth. There was lots of farm equipment on the walls and many tools that the pioneers used, such as butter churns, plow, threshers, etc. were on display.
  • Learned about grapes…big wine country here in New York. Apparently the first vineyard in America was here, in what is now Manhattan. We’ll be heading to the Grape Festival in Naples, New York at the end of the month so I’ll post some more detailed information about grapes, New York, and wineries then.
  • Lunch: We ate food from a variety of vendors, which included a very large ear of roasted corn, dipped in melted butter and lightly salted; a chicken pita; a gyro (with lamb); two homemade, hand-dipped corn dogs; and ice cream cones to finish. All I can say is “Yum!”
  • We did eventually make it to the midway where all the rides were. Tickets, as always, were very expensive: $1.oo a piece and the rides cost anywhere from 2-4 tickets per person. So, each kids got to ride one thing. Karl, Logan, and Corbin rode the LARGE Ferris Wheel together while I took Hailey to the Tilt-a-Whirl. She rode it by herself, as I had Emma, but she didn’t seem to mind. The amazing part is that they were all perfectly content to leave (after each playing an equally expensive game) the midway after that.
  • The last thing we did was watch a guy use a chainsaw (many different sizes of chainsaws) to carve a tree stump into a work of art. That was really cool. There were several already sitting around the area…a bulldog, a wolf, a bear, and others that I assume he had done throughout the last week. I guessed that the one he was working on while we were there was going to be a wolf. We left before he was completely done but Karl agreed that it looked like a wolf.
  • On the way out we stopped at the National Guard booth. The kids climbed into an APC for a bit. I think they enjoyed that, but none are ready to sign up just yet!

The key to this day was the fact that we had a set amount of money to spend. I went to the bank last night and got some money and we had to make that work for the day. We knew the price of admission (kids were free under 12, which was a HUGE help) and the price of parking. Everything else was a mystery, but we also knew we didn’t want to spend more than what that would leave us. Of course all of the food and the tickets were way overpriced, but we all had fun and we didn’t spend more than we intended. In our book that’s a success.

Overall, a very fun and educational day!


About Wendy Woerner

wife, mama to five, blogger, foodie, works in social media and marketing, loves Jesus
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2 Responses to New York State Fair (field trip #1)

  1. mimi says:

    Looks like an awesome time. We almost went! It would have been fun to run into you 🙂 I can't believe it's fall already….I hope you guys have a great school year! We are slowling getting in the groove….very slowly 🙂

  2. Wendy says:

    I think it's going to be a great year. We are going to take our time, adding more subjects as we get into our 'groove' with the others. So far it's busy but going well.

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