Our family looks forward to the Northeast Florida Fair every year. Mike and I went as high school sweethearts and have continued taking our kids throughout the years. But in 2016, we went to the fair in a way that we never had before.
Our youngest son is involved in 4-H and has found a love for caring for animals, and surprisingly… He LOVES to be in the show ring in front of others! With that being said, we had some encouragement and (a little nudging) from close friends to allow him to show an animal in the fair.
Now, Mike may have grown up hanging out with his friends in the barns at the fair, but as for me, I can only say that I had walked through a time or two…
I can tell you that I laughed my way through most of the fair last year… enjoying every moment of it…. But found humor in how I was being thrown so far out of my comfort zone all I could do was laugh.
I asked A LOT of questions… some were answered… some, we just figured out along the way. The day that the fair was over, and my tired body and brain were resting… I began a list of what I had learned… and things that other people may need to know!
So Moms (and dads), today, many animals will load up on trailers and make their way to the fair grounds… It’s an exciting (and a bit stressful) day as we prepare for an exciting week…. Maybe you are like I was just a year ago… facing a fear of a First Week of the Fair…. Or maybe you have done this for years and just need a little pep rally to keep going…
We are still learning as we go…. But I can tell you… NO matter what… it’s going to be a GREAT week! Our family will be together, and our Boy will be in his happy place!
- I have not found a LIST of what to do or expect… our families theme for the week has been… “Learn as you go”!
- Every family has had their FIRST time of fair week… it was a learning experience for them too. Just because it may appear they’ve “got it all together” doesn’t necessarily mean that they do.
- Perfection is NOT expected! Do YOUR Best!!
- Enjoy the moments…Smile and Laugh!!
- Allow and encourage your child to take responsibility of their animal and tack area. Lessons learned from this alone are priceless!
- Don’t expect everyone that walks through the barn to understand the time, money, and energy that you have invested to be there.
- You don’t have to tell people that either… your reward will NOT be the praise of other people, but watching your child grow through the week!
- Listen to other’s advice, you can gain so much wisdom from those around you… but do what is BEST for your family!
- Even when the pressure is on and moments are tense, remember why you are doing this!
- What’s better than a Blue Ribbon??? A Happy Kid that has Learned a lot!
There are still many lessons to learn… I’ll be sure to keep notes during the week and share them with you soon!! If you happen to be at the fair, be sure to visit the barns. Come encourage some kids that have worked very hard… for a long time to make this week happen!