county fair by the numbers

1 – afternoon and evening well spent with my son at the san diego county fair

2 – rides we went on together

    -a lame ‘funhouse’
    -a pretty fun little rollercoaster

2 – rides max went on by himself

    -a pretty good ‘funhouse’
    -a swing ride on a tower, where he ‘had’ to share a seat with a 18 year-oldish hottie. i teased him mercilessly for the rest of the day.

4 – odd fair food tried for the first time

    -deep-fried cheeseburger (not like the deep-fried white castle cheeseburger i tried there last year, which was actually batter-dipped and fried whole, this was just a cheeseburger where the beef was cooked in a deep frier, not batter dipped)
    -deep-fried butter (yes, i had to try it. i got the cinnamon version, rather than the garlic version. it was kind of like a churro filled with melted butter. first two bites were ok, but i got buttered out after that)
    -chocolate-covered bacon (really, quite good. reminded me of the chocolate bacon cake at a local steak joint that i like)
    -deep-fried avocados (not something i’d crave, for sure, but better than some of the deep-fried stuff)

3 – odd fair food new to the fair this year that i did not try (yes, call me mr. restraint)

    -deep-fried klondike bar
    -deep-fried pop-tart
    -deep-fried s’mores

1 – odd youth ministry moment: realizing that i felt fairly clueless about the 4-h and ffa teens hanging around the livestock

1 – silly moment we felt was well-worth the 5 bucks each we tossed down for it: a ride on a monster truck. really, it was a monster fire engine, with seating for 20 in the back. no crazy jumps or anything, of course; but we laughed our heads off.

1 – ‘no way’ moment: max getting chosen as an official ‘cheerer’ for our section, during the swifty swine pig races. it probably helped that he was wearing a t-shirt that says, “swine flu – bacon’s revenge”

8 or 9 – times max said ‘i love you, dad’ to me

a ridiculous amount – money spent. man, that thing just drains your wallet dry at every turn!

6 thoughts on “county fair by the numbers”

  1. The second to last sentence is my favorite. Aren’t you glad you didn’t pass on the fair to do work?

  2. Ah, see, those FFA and 4-H kids are my bread and butter. I can tell you the whole process of showing, slaughtering and judging lamb meat.

    I wish I couldn’t….but it comes with the territory.

  3. re: the ffa teens, ohmigosh, i’m so with you! tim and i had two in our youth group last year, and we were like, get outta here, really?? :-) we just hadn’t encountered that before. *great* kids, by the way.

  4. I grew up in southwest Florida.

    My first ministry position was in southern Indiana. I had never even heard of 4H until I moved there. I would say three quarters of my students were involved in 4H and/or FFA. I’m still clueless and I’ve tried to learn.

    At our high school they have “Redneck Row” where all the farmer boys park their big diesel trucks and hang out every morning. It really was a mission field for me.

Leave a Reply