I hadn't been to the fair in years and years, and I happily discovered that it was really fun! In previous years we've been more likely to "do the Puyallup" (as in the Western Washington fair in Puyallup, where my sister and her family live), and I think that there might actually be more to do at the Oregon State Fair.
We went on rides, had a picnic lunch, watched a number of performances (including the amazing hypnotist, Travis Fox), participated in a play (photos below), watched another play, visited the animals, bounced in a bounce house (Kieran, that is), and of course Kieran ate shave ice (which pales in comparison to Hawaiian shave ice...I don't know why he even bothers!).
Chris LOVED the concert...which was fun, but very short. Chris Daughtry (American Idol runnerup) has only one CD out and a fairly small repertoire. I enjoyed spending one-on-one time with my 11-year-old, who kept telling me that it was the best birthday present ever.
Next year I'm determined to go to the fair on a weekday, however... :)
Kieran taking a canoe ride
I couldn't resist asking these young women to pose with my own lovable Chris!
Posing with a friend
Nicholas enjoying a hip-hop break dancing show
With good ol' Smokey the Bear
With the players of "The Emperor's New Clothes from The Enchanted Forest
Waiting for Chris Daughtry to make his appearance