In New England, we don’t have state fairs – we have one, massive, all-New-England-states fair called The Big E. It’s a huge, 3-week fair extravaganza, and I’ve been going every year since birth.
So, of course, I was balls-out excited to take Benjamin for his first time.
To preface, Derek hates The Big E. I love it. He fights me tooth and nail (who came up with that phrase?) every year, and this year was no exception.
“But Derek! It’s Benjamin’s FIRST BIG E!”
So reluctantly, he went. The big problem is that the only day we could go was this past Friday – a.k.a. the ONLY full day of rain we’ve had in the area since SPRING. I’m talking cold, pouring rain all. day. long.
We managed to get a few pictures, but it wasn’t the experience I’d hoped for Ben’s first fair. No petting zoo, no holding his hand and walking him around the exhibits, no rides. It was more, fight over the umbrella, run between buildings, get soaking wet, keep Ben from screaming because he was cold, and cover and uncover the stroller with the rain shield as we went in and out.
Oh. I forgot to mention. There’s approximately zero dairy-free fair foods. Normally, I eat through The Big E like the biggest glutton around. Like strike me dead, 7 deadly sins, I eat IT ALL. So, yesterday was good for the waistline in that I didn’t consume 4,000 calories, but sad that I missed out on my favorites. All the more reason to drag Derek there next year, right? Make up for lost time.
This is the kind of weather we were dealing with. Luckily, we didn’t get stuck in the lot.
We met a llama named Ben. Please look at how pissed OUR Ben looks in this photo. Can’t see? Check this:
I can’t believe you fools brought me here in a monsoon.
That one llama picture just cracks me up.
We saw a sheep that looked like it belonged in a hate group. Seriously, what’s up with this outfit?
Preventing a complete meltdown with Del’s frozen lemonade. Don’t judge.
Quick, take a picture of us in the rain for the blog!
We lasted a little more than two hours – vs. our usual full-day eat-fest. All in all, it was still fun, despite the misery of the weather. Though, never again will we go in weather like that!