The one thing that I love most about July isn't the hot weather... it's the county fair. I love the atmosphere, the food, the rides, everything. And I should.

One of the main reasons that I love the fair so much is mostly due to the fact that I used to spend my days there when I was younger. I, like many other kids, was in 4-H. **fun fact: the whole reason the county fairs are still in business is because of the 4-H kids. Who do you think brings the livestock that you see in the barns or the projects? Kids that are between the ages of 8 and 18. To learn more about 4-H, go visit the website :) 

I digress. 

Among the craziness of attempting projects like foods, vet science, model rockets, and others,  I would raise, care for, and show my ducks, geese, rabbits, turkeys, and even my dog for a couple of years. At one time I even owned two goats and showed llamas for a few years . And I did it for ten straight years. Yeah,  I guess you can say I was a country girl.

So I guess I would be the right gal to tell you the five things that you should do during a trip to the county fair, huh?

1. Take in the sights.  

And by sights, I mean score as much free stuff from the Expo building as possible. The Expo building is known for the companies coming to the fair wanting to expand their customer base. They give free candy, pens, pencils, and more. Sometimes they even offer discounted sign ups (like newspapers) and free gifts.

**murals done by ARCY of RC Murals. Check out their website or insta.

2. Indulge in the food. 

County fair food is known for their deep fried awesomeness, greasy goodness, and yummy drinks. Deep fried veggies & Twinkies, funnel cakes, lemonade shake ups, elephant ears, ribs, and more. Heck, my county fair even had alligator bites.

3. Stroll around the midway and ride something.

Sure it sounds a bit vague, but something here is referring to a ride of some sorts. Personally, I love the Ferris Wheel. I love that it's just the right height and family friendly. Plus it accommodates up to six people.

4. Pet something furry.

If you are a city slicker, go pet a cow or something. Most county fairs have a petting zoo (usually called a barnyard) and they generally have cows, horses, sheep, piggies, goats, etc. Animal interaction always puts people in a good mood.

5. Participate & learn.

There are many different free shows that either entertain you or even teach you while entertaining you. You don't have to spend money to have a great time. Heck, even the grandstand has music concerts, demo derbys, tractor pulls and more for a small fee. 

Going to the county fair is definitely a family affair. There is so much to do and see and most of it doesn't even cost a dime! You should try it sometime :) 

Have you ever been to a county fair? What did you like most?
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