There seems to be one in every town, no matter how big or small. I'm not a huge fan of them, but I do remember how much I loved them way back in the day-so we made an effort to venture out for a new experience. Especially since I unwittingly drove by the fairgrounds and the boys saw the rides from the road.
Of course, we arrived an hour too early to ride on anything, so we tried watching the goat competition (very smelly) and subsequently left the arena to spend a small fortune on games and hot dogs (less smelly). We tried to give the boys fair warning about these games-if you actually win, it's probably not going to be a very good prize, but that disappointment doesn't sink in until you realize your selection of booty is on the very bottom row many shelves beneath the dangling stuffed animals that caught your eye in the first place. They still had fun and we came away with several expensive dollar store items that promptly broke within a half hour of arriving home.
It was however just the ride for Baby O, who declared afterward that he wanted to ride it again and again.
After the race car ride, Daddy O decided to steer Boy O toward a ride that would be a tad edgier. He went on this all by himself and looked pretty excited until it started to go high up into the air. His eyes just about popped out of his head when it suddenly dropped down, but his smile was as wide as a watermelon afterward.
The boys jointly decided that riding motorcycles would be next on the list. They both loved it when their motorcycle did a wheelie.
Another more 'grown up' ride for Boy O on the cliff hanger. He felt like such a big kid (next to all the bigger kids).
Baby O's favorite ride was the jet ski's. He rode one-handed most of the time, trying to give everyone high fives as he went around and around. It was fun to see him so excited.
There is limited time as we have about a two to three hour window when Newbie O is napping in her stroller. So we have all declared that next year we will purchase the unlimited ride wristbands and go on every single one. I'm not sure how Newbie O will take that news, but hopefully she won't mind staying on the sidelines for a bit longer with Mom and Dad before she grows up too fast like her brothers.