The kids and I went with some friends to the Tennessee Valley Fair last night.
They'd never been, and I don't think I've been since I was a teenager.
While we didn't spend a whole lot of time there, 3-1/2 hours or so was just about enough time to see what we wanted to see. BrainyBoy's not fond of carnival rides, and GiggleGirl's too small, so that wasn't much of a problem. Not to mention each ride cost between $2 and $4 each to ride....no thank you. Even the old "Haunted House" and Fun House/House of Mirrors cheapos that were there twenty years ago cost that much to get in.
No, they actually were entranced by exhibits in the Jacobs Building Exhibition Hall such as the miniature circus and a puppet show up by the Bandstand. Plus smelling live sheep in their pens was an education as well.
I mused to BrainyBoy that had he been born a hundred (or even 70 years) earlier, he would've been very familiar with that smell.
Simply walking around at dusk, seeing the fairgrounds light up was enough for them (that and some cotton candy and caramel apples).
We got back home about 10:00 last night - hopefully they won't be dragging the ground at school today, but as my friend said last night..."Hey, it's the fair."