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The Fair Came Last week

Louisville has a big State Fair

Animals, crafts, concerts, food, rides k10322270 , displays…

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We weren’t going this year… The cost of getting in is $10.00 a person + $8.00 to park…

$28.00 just to get in… and then you smell all of the food cooking and want something like a foot long corndog k0087791x13582244… or a funnel cake u13484842 k4242260or a fresh squeezed “Lemonade Shakeup”… k10651277 or ice cream… or a Pork Chop Sandwich k4158059

Well, you get the picture!

There are displays selling everything!

Clothes, jewelery, pot/pans, leather items , glass items, things I’ve never seen before…

It really is quite overwhelming!

I was on Facebook… when a nephew of mine said he had two tickets that included parking for $10.00… 4561v1-max-150x150

That I could handle!

Late in the day… and the last day… but, I wanted to go…

You have to know why…

My husband and I met at the Kentucky State Fair… September 1968… and were married February 1969…

5 months of knowing someone… my Dad was about to have a fit!…

Not that we had just known each other for such a short time… but, that he was leaving for Viet Nam in March….

NOW, I grasp what my Dad was thinking…

but, LOVE conquered and we were married…

So, you see why I “need” to go whenever I can!…

It will be 45 years… this February-2014…

So, we went and walked and looked and talked…

We didn’t eat… because we had a good dinner with our kids before we left… and the only thing I bought was  some eye-glass/ jewelery cleaner

Didn’t need that!… but, it worked so good!

Better than food that would go straight to my behind!… is the way I looked at it!

Our short visit was very nice… the smells… the atmosphere… the memories…

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Main entrance …

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Mr. Goat greeted us…

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This was the cutest… Baby yellow ducks would swim to one end of the trough… ride up… eat a few bites… then slide down… and then repeat again…

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Trailer we would like to have…

“Dream Only!”…

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One of my students from when I was at middle school…

She is just a doll… (Special Needs Class)… she was 11- or 12 … now I guess in her 30’s… Her Mom and Dad sell Glass Figurines at the Fair every year…

so good seeing her… She had her face painted with a pretty purple design… her favorite color!

She hollers, “Mrs. Griffin!”… every year when I stop by for a visit…

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Fish Tanks…

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Easter Egg Plant…    

I liked this wall hanging for Easter…

It didn’t win a ribbon… but, I thought it should have…

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Hundreds of quilts on display… just a sampling! of some of the Blue/Purple Ribbon winners…

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Beautiful Cakes… so many… but, I liked these…

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Jams and jellies won ribbons…

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Balloon art… Our Cardinals and Wildcat Basketball Rivals… pretty neat!

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Donuts for buns on these hamburgers… and lots of stands selling any kind of food you could want…

It was a fun evening… and just long enough…

My Favorite “Kentucky State Fair” Memory!”

We went to our Kentucky State Fair  last night…This is where my husband and I first met… He was in the Army , stationed at Fort Knox , KY…and was there with a display of tanks…My girlfriends and I were looking around at all the exhibits…but, this one especially caught our eye…all those cute soldiers in uniform…I think you get the gest…As always with girls and guys…you start to talk…and then you make a connection …I started dating Bobby from that night on… He was from Macon,Georgia…and had a really southern accent…This lasted from September until the end of January… because at this time he was given his orders  to go to Viet Nam … He would be leaving by the end of February…We were married February 1,1969 …Thank goodness, he arrived home safe 1 year later…and now we have been married 42 years …have two sons and three grandchildren…and I can say…”very happy!”…We have tried to go to the Kentucky State Fair ever since…have missed maybe 2-3…Now, being older…our looking is more at the displays…We look at homemade quilts , fancy decorated cakes , fish tanks, funky lamps, pretty plants , unusual decorated Christmas Trees, original art work , homemade clothing, antique toys and memorbilia…We smell the corn dogs , hamburgers made of Krispie Cream Donuts??? , fried Kool-Aid dough???, funnel cakes , lots of varieties of fudge, pork chop sandwiches, ice cream, cold drinks like lemonade…Your taste buds water and your stomach starts to crave at least one of those enticing foods… We view some of the displays selling everything from feather hair pieces  for little girls to windows for your house…You name it and it is there!… The Midway we leave to the younger generation…twirling rides and high ferris wheels  …We only stayed a couple of hours…you would need the whole day to view everything or maybe two…and I have done that in years past…but, now a couple of hours of hitting the high spots is plenty…My favorite memory  has now been with me for 42 years…Thanks to the Ky State Fair!

 

“My Kids!”…

There she sits on a blanket   that is spread on the floor in her parent’s booth…It’s at the Kentucky State Fair …her parents sell beautiful glass figurines…tiny ones and very elaborate ones …She is holding a fluffy duster with a handle…I’m sure it is used for the fragile glass objects that are sitting all around…her Mom is busy with some figuring … receipts  from sales I presume…I say, “I thought you said you might not be here this year”… As she looks up she recognizes me and I get a hug…We talk briefly about what we have both been doing…I tell her, “I thought I’d see if you were here”…She says they have been traveling a lot…they sit up at military bases …I tell her I am now retired and others have left since me…She says,”I saw Andrea a couple of nights ago”…Andrea and I had worked together for several years…We had her daughter in our classroom for a couple of years, who is the one sitting on the floor…Tracy is 32 years old now…looks just like I remember her when she was 12…Her lukemia has made her hair very thin…which she had been diagnosed with when she was in our classroom…She is in remission…As I walk over to her, she says my name…”Mrs. Griffin!”…she never forgets…She smiles her pretty smile but, seems a little shy …She sees me only once a year… at the Fair…She has always had coloring books and crayons  with her …but, this year Mom says she has been reading…She shows me her books… Books that I read when I was probably 12 years old …One given her by Andrea, “The Wizard of Oz”   …She and Tracy are proud of her accomplishment…More grown up …We talk several more minutes before I tell Tracy,  “I still have the Cinderella”  glass slipper  you picked out  for me many years ago”….She smiles as if surprised…I wish her well with her reading and I get another hug from Mom…I guess you could say…This is my second best memory of the Kentucky State Fair!

“Difficult Times”…

Some days go by sunny , warm , carefree and no worries…and if you’ve lived awhile…you know this will change…and it has!…the weather has turned back to cold…the sun is hiding under the cloudsand sickness  has invaded some of your favorite people and some you only know through others being concerned about them…No one can say they like this feeling of despair…of heartache  …but, we know we have to deal with these kind of days to be able to know how to enjoy those carefree, happy days  again…I have friends and relatives   right now in need of comfort…of the expertise of good Doctors…of prayer to our Almighty God…who can intervene if His will be done …I guess the hardest part of all this is to watch the suffering of those that are ill…but, also to watch those so involved and close to that person…We can’t actually feel their pain…and it was made that way on purpose!…How could we handle “ALL” pain …like God does???…Our meager minds and bodies would collapseunder all that pain…so we are put here to help others through the intervention of hope, belief and prayer…We can intercede for those who are in so much pain, that they are unable to do it for themselves…What a wonderful job that has been given us!…So obey and help these people through their difficult times…We will be in need ourselves someday…

“MY KIDS”…

I remember one of the greatest times of sadness I felt when  I worked with “my kids”…A little girl…Tracy…had been diagnosed with Leukemia…as you know “cancer”…and was not expected to live…Our hearts broke  for her as well as the parents…We knew them well …they came into the classroom and talked to us…showed up for important occasions…brought us little gifts certain times of the year…They were memorable!…We kept in touch with them as their little girl…their angel…went through chemo therapy …her hair thinning as it makes it do…feeling some of their pain…but, not feeling that unbearable thought of losing a child…They gave her a big party at a hotel to give her a lasting remembrance…but, you didn’t have to have a party to remember them…they were always kind, sweet and loving…this is what their daughter saw…We loved Tracy and she loved us…She loved to color in her coloring books and watch cartoons…She stayed child-like through her years…She liked to talk and show you things…Some of the teachers were asked and gladly did…to watch her in their homes to give the parents some respite time…a time to regroup and have some little time to themselves …if only for a few hours…The teachers would say she was so easy to have…give her a coloring book, crayons, her cartoons and a snack and she was contentNow “The Rest of  the Story” as Paul Harvey  would say…She has survived to this day and in remission…As we go to the “Kentucky State Fair each year we see her and her parents…Her parents sell blown glassbeautiful pieces  bought from different countries…She is always sitting in their booth with her books, crayons and little snack smiling and remembering all of us to this day…We must have made an impression on her as she did on us!…She picked me out a pretty glass slipper  like Cinderella’s to take home with me the last time I saw her…a “Remembrance” of her and her difficult time