First Time at the Fair: The Practical Cooks Junior Review (And Love-A-Fair with video)

Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook is proud to introduce today’s guest bloggers, The Practical Cooks Junior. As first time fair-goers, their perspective is energizing and a reminder that a field trip is a worthy investment of time and energy.

Let’s hear from TPCs Jr, shall we? Roll the tape:

To quote the Youngest upon arrival: “They have everything in the world here.” Yes, yes they do.

Stick Together at the Fair: We Descend Like a Barrel of Monkeys

Stick Together at the Fair: We Descend Like a Barrel of Monkeys

First, the Eldest in her own words, her journalistic debut, because nothing is wasted on a writer:

The Eldest's First Trip to the Fair, Journal Entry

The Eldest's First Trip to the Fair, Journal Entry

Here’s a transcript of the Eldest’s journal entry, with a little editorial clean-up:

I went to the state fair. It was fun. There were animals. There was fried food. There were rides. We went on the Ferris wheel today. I saw the animals. I ate a hot dog. I ate a fried okra. I ate a fried Oreo. I ate an apple dumpling. I drank lemonade and a cider.

If you wondered if TPC Jr was related to me in the food department, there you go.

Deep Fried Okra from the Farmer's Market Wagon: Group Favorite!

Deep Fried Okra from the Farmer's Market Wagon: Group Favorite!

Though the Eldest mentions okra as singular, let me tell you, she chose to eat more of this than the ear of corn her sister had. It was in fact that good, and every member of the crew, including all Complicated Vegetarians, like it. We’ll be going back for more.

Apple Dumpling: From Smitty's, These Rock in Ways I Can't Express

Apple Dumpling: From Smitty's, These Rock in Ways I Can't Express

Speaking of the CVs, witness the three-straw action on the apple cider freezie, found in Heritage Circle.

Apple Cider Freezie: Another Refreshing Delight (as Witnessed Here)

Apple Cider Freezie: Another Refreshing Delight (as Witnessed Here)

But we weren’t the only ones dining. We also got to see some piglets and a calf having breakfast:

Piglets Need to Eat Too!

Piglets Need to Eat Too!

And of course, we had to take the ceremonial photo in front of the overlarge produce:

The Junior Deep Fried Crew + The Pumpkins

The Junior Deep Fried Crew + The Pumpkins

This just in, if you’re afraid of heights, and the Youngest isn’t, the Ferris Wheel can be a challenge (“sit down, mommy’s trying not to barf”). However, it was a highlight of the trip for everyone:

Ferris Wheel: We got the Carolina Blue car, much to the joy of the Eldest.

Ferris Wheel: We got the Carolina Blue car, much to the joy of the Eldest.

Special thanks to my guest bloggers today, for the great review and for generally being awesome.

The Eldest, Having Just Enjoyed Maple Butter (from the fair) in Oatmeal

The Eldest, Having Just Enjoyed Maple Butter (from the fair) in Oatmeal

The Youngest Masters the Art of Mobile Eating

The Youngest Masters the Art of Mobile Eating

The Corn Husk Dolls, Because TPC's Jr Want to Share

The Corn Husk Dolls, Because TPC's Jr Want to Share

Do you remember your first trip to the fair? Have you taken your kids? Share your stories in the comments below, or Tweet with #ncstatefair as the hashtag. (And do please comment and “like,” the Youngest is very metrics driven and will inquire how many people “liked” this. What can I say, future Social Media expert.)

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Tomorrow, we wrap things up with Highlights from the N.C. State Fair: Top 5 List.

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6 responses to “First Time at the Fair: The Practical Cooks Junior Review (And Love-A-Fair with video)

  1. Blended Familia

    Perfect, just perfect. Please let the PCs Junior know their tips were VERY helpful in deciding what “Baby” Eva will do at the fair this Saturday!

  2. Great job TPC’s Junior! I’ve never been to the NC State Fair, now I know that I’m missing out!

    • The Practical Cook

      Thanks for the shout-out! I’ll be sure to have them read the comments. 🙂 Today’s a great day to check out the fair and support the Food Bank on Hunger Relief Day!

  3. Complicated Vegetarian

    Okay, so CV family accompanied TPCs Jr on this trip, and they must lend their support:
    CV Tall: As soon as I ate a fried Oreo I said, “I wish I had not eaten that fried Oreo.” The freezy apple cider tasted better than from a container. The white corn roasted was better than the yellow. It was more buttery and more corn-y.
    CV Medium: I had to eat corn with my other teeth [one front tooth was dangling at the time] but it was worth it to eat it. I don’t really like the honey cotton candy like I like the pink and blue kind. The pink and blue kind is more sweet. I liked the Ferris Wheel because it went high. (How high did it go? Twenty feet?)
    CV Small: I liked the baby animals and the grownup animals, and the Ferris Wheel.
    Another note: Thanks probably to the influence of Eldest TPC Jr, all the CVs tried the fried okra and at least one claimed to like it. Thank you, Practical Cook, for a great time!

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