Grace and I took a selfie while waiting in line for rides today!
It's only the first day of the Clay County Fair, and I am already worn out. If possible, I suggest not trying to do everything at the fair all in one day. It's far too big for that.
Today, my dad and my sister, Grace, came up for the fair. They were only here for the day, so we had to make it count.
We did a few loops through the outdoor exhibitors. My dad can't go to a fair without looking at the new John Deere tractors and equipment. We went through every stall of the Horse Barns and made a pass through Grandpa's Barn to take a gander at the baby animals.
We took in a couple shows. Welde's Big Bear Show is a good one to go see. The bears perform at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. (Get there plenty early if you want a seat!) We had some laughs at the Northwest Bank Stage, too. The comedic stylings of Scott Novotny are good, clean family fun.
Grace and I rode most of the rides at the Midway. We walked through countless commercial exhibits.
My father, sister and I didn't really have a set agenda coming into the first day of the fair. We sort of meandered around and passed many of the same areas of the fair more than once. That adds a lot of miles to your walking. If the pedometer on my phone is correct, we walked about nine miles.
What does my experience today teach us? First things first, you need a game plan. Know which areas of the fair you want to visit and plan a route to save yourself from back tracking. If you're planning on spending multiple days at the fair, spread out the things you want to do and see.
This advice will keep you from being overwhelmed and from being exhausted after only one day.