Sunday, September 4, 2011
Upstate SC Fair
Normally, we head home to Pittsburgh for Labor Day weekend, but this year we're a little too far from home to make it possible and my parents took the weekend to visit my Oma (German for Grandma) in NYC. We had thought of making a weekend trip somewhere, but decided that we've done enough traveling recently and have plenty more planned before the end of the year. We're starting to get tired of those long drives.
I saw a commercial on about the Upstate SC fair being this week and thought it might be fun to check it out so we don't just sit at home all weekend. It was between where we live and Greenville, so it only took us about 25 minutes to get there. The first thing we did was check out the petting zoo. Brady loved when we went to a petting zoo in April, so we figured he'd like it again. I had a few quarters, so we got a couple of handfuls of animal feed. The animals know when you start getting the food and swarm. Brady laughed while they ate the food out of his hand and he quickly caught on that the food came out of the machines, so he went around to every one, opening the latch to see if there was any food still there. He let the baby goats suck on his fingers which made me a little nervous.
We got a list of rides that Brady could ride as long as he was with one of us and got some ride tickets. The first ride was the Ferris Wheel. He liked it for a little bit, then wanted to walk around and get near the lower part of the door. We swear he would jump right out if we didn't stop him. Because we kept him seated, he started to get angry.
The next ride was the Fun Slide and Andy was a little nervous because he could see how fast kids were going down it. I told him it would be fine. He climbed up the stairs with Brady and sat on the sack they provide. He pushed off and Brady let out a single scream halfway down and when they got to the bottom, he looked like he didn't know what to make of it.
I went on the Dumbo ride with Brady. He was eager to get on, but once we were buckled in, he wanted it to move and didn't want to wait for other people to get on the ride. He started to cry, but as soon as the ride started, he was happy. We could control the Dumbo up and down and unlike Disney, our controls weren't broken. He really liked it and wanted to keep riding.
The Carousel was next on our list. He liked the one at Sea World, so we figured this would be a hit. Andy went on with him to help him stay on the horse, but it turned out he didn't need much help. He held on himself the whole time and Andy just help his hands on him to make sure he didn't let go and fall.
We all went on the Dizzy Dragon. It's set up like the teacups at Disney, but inside a dragon. There's little air flow so Andy and I started to feel the effects of the heat. Brady liked spinning the center wheel to make the dragon spin and at one point the spinning made him lay down on Andy's lap.
Our last adventure was to go through the House of Glass. Things started off well, but then I got stuck and Brady walked full force into one of the glass walls. He hit his head pretty good and Andy had to watch him until we got out of it. After we got out, we saw the lady running it cleaning some of the glass walls with Windex so the next people would have just as hard a time as us getting through it.
Brady was hot, cranky, and hungry, so we decided to call it a day. We headed to Cracker Barrel for lunch and Brady had a good time. He colored and ate pancakes.