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2012 TN State Fair!

The recent “drop” in temperature (I think we may permanently be out of the 90s!) and crisper morning air all signal the arrival of my favorite season of the year – fall!! To me, fall is 100x better than spring because I’m spared the horrific pollen allergies (though there’s still the dreaded ragweed) and the temperature only continues to go down instead of up, which to me is infinitely better than the Nashville summer inferno. Every year Javi and I mark the beginning of fall with a trip to the TN State Fair, held here in Nashville at the fairground. This is our 4th year in a row going to the fair and every year we have a great time. La reciente baja en temperature (creo que sera permanente y por fin nos alejamos de los 30 grados!) y las mananas frescas son la senal de que mi estacion favorite del ano ha llegado – otono!! Para mi, el otono es 100 veces mejor que la primavera porque las alergias no me afectan tanto con el polen (aunque si hay otras plantas que me hacen sufrir un poco) y la temperature baja cada vez mas, lo que es mejor que el verano infernal de Nashville. Cada ano, Javi y yo marcamos el comienzo del otono con un viaje a la feria estatal de Tennessee, que es organizada en Nashville. Esta es nuestro 4to ano consecutive asistiendo a la feria, y cada ano lo pasamos genial.

a photo from our 2009 trip to the fair

The first time Javi and I went to the state fair was in 2009 when we were engaged. We were bored one afternoon and got a flier in the mail for a free ticket so we decided to try it out and we were hooked. A place filled with animals, arts and crafts and photo ops? Sounds like our kind of place. We spent most of our time hanging out with the goats and, of course, taking photos. In 2010 we brought my mom and gma and then last year we recruited our friend Samantha. Last year we left with a goldfish (Charlie) that we won in a fair game and he was our little pet until this past March (RIP Charlie!). Fuimos a la feria por primera vez en 2009 cuando recien estabamos comprometidos. Estabamos aburridos una tarde y nos llego un panfleto en el correo con un ticket gratis asi que decidimos ir y probar y nos encanto. Un lugar lleno de animals, arte y artesanias, y lugares para sacar fotos? Suena como el lugar perfecto para nosotros. Pasamos la mayoria del tiempo con las cabras y, obvio, sacando fotos. El 2010 invitamos a mi mama y abuela y el ano pasado reclutamos a Samantha. El ano pasado nos volvimos a casa con un pez (Charlie) que ganamos en uno de los juegos, y fue nuestra mascot hazta Marzo de este ano (QEPD Charlie!)

our first visit to the fair in 2009

at the fair with mom and gma in 2010

with Sam and Charlie at the fair in 2011

This year we were actually able to recruit my dad to come along with us and mom. We had a great time perusing the agriculture building with all the veggie growing competitions and the arts & crafts building with the sewing and quilting competitions. This year I was also excited about a new feature – pig racing!! I don’t think the fair has ever had this before – I would definitely have gone to it if it had been on the program last year. This guy had these adorable little teacup pigs racing around a track to get to an oreo cookie at the end – they were so cute!!! We saw 4 races. Too fun. Este ano pudimos convencer a mi papa y el vino junto con mi mama. Lo pasamos bien mirando las vitrinas en el edificio de agricultura con todos los vegetales y las artesanias con las competencias de tejido y mantas. Este ano yo estaba emocionada con una nueva atraccion – carreras de cerdos!! No se si la feria las habia tenido antes – estoy segura que hubiesemos ido si es que estaban en el programa el ano pasado. Este senor tenia estos lindos chanchitos miniature que corrian alrededor de la pista para comerse una galleta al final – eran tan tiernos!! Vimos 4 carreras. Muy divertido.
For dinner we were really disappointed that the hot beef sundae wasn’t available this year so we settled for corn dogs and turkey legs, and FRIED OREOS!.  We also met up with our friend Whitney and her adorable son Jackson. They split a turkey leg for dinner but I’m not sure if Whitney was able to get her fill because Jackson decided he loved it and ate almost the whole thing! He also loved the fried oreos – his face positively lit up when he bit into it. Para la cena estabamos decepcionados que los sundaes de carne no aparecieron este ano asi que nos consolamos con corndogs y patas de pavo, y OREOS FRITAS! Tambien nos juntamos con nuestra amigs Whitney y su adorable hijo Jackson. Ellos compartieron una pata de pavo pero no estoy segura si Whitney quedo satisfecha porque Jackson decidio que le encataba la pata de pavo y se la comio casi entera! Tambien le encanto la Oreo frita – su carita se ilumino cuandop le dio el primer mordizco.

that smile represents the pure joy of biting into a fried oreo for the first time

My parents left after dinner but Whitney and Jackson stayed with us for more fair fun. After a pit stop dancing to some country music (Jackson dancing and running around like a little maniac – he loved it) we visited the rabbit barn and the hens/roosters. We headed over to the petting zoo and Jackson LOVED petting the goats and the donkey and he did at least 4 complete laps around the zoo before we left. We went to the games next – Javi and I decided we wanted to try for another fish this year to occupy Charlie’s old bowl. Sure enough, with 35 balls we came away with one little fish! We decided his name was…Fishy. Original, I know…anyway, poor Fishy didn’t last a day in his new home. He was dead by Monday, poor guy, and Javi and I have no idea what happened! Charlie lasted so long – we were pretty bummed. RIP Fishy!! Mis papas se fueron a casa despues de cenar pero Whitney y Jackson se quedaron con nosotros para pasar mas rato en la feria. Despues de una parada para bailar un poco de musica country (Jackson coria y bailaba como un loco – le encanto!) visitamos a los graneros de los conejos y el de las gallinas. Fuimos despues al zoologico donde se puede tocar a los animals y a Jackson le encanto tocar las cabras y el burro, se dio como 4 vueltas al zoologico antes de que nos fueramos. Luego nos fuimos a juegos – Javi y yo decidimos que queriamos otro pez para ocupar el bowl de Charlie. Y claro, con un balde de 35 pelotas nos ganamos un pececito! Decidimos que su nombre seria…pescadito. Original, si…pero bueno, Pescadito no duro mas de un dia en su nueva casa, pobrecito, no sabemos que fue lo que paso! Charlie duro mucho – nosp uso triste. QEPD Pescadito!!

The fair is still open this weekend, so all of you Nashvillians take a trip! It’s cheap and good fun. Check out the program here to get an idea of the shows going on throughout the weekend – and make sure to check out the racing pigs if you can! La feria todavia esta abierta este fin de semana, asi que todosl os que viven en Nashville tienen que visitarla! Es barata y muy divertida. Vean el programa aqui para tener una idea de los shows que estaran sucediendo – y asegurense de ir a ver los chanchitos corredores si pueden!

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