Today my family went to Markham Fair.Â It is one of our family’s favourite annual outings, probably because Iâ€™ve been doing it since I was a little girl.Â I have such wonderful childhood memories of fair food, farm animals, fun rides, and inspirational crafts.Â My family didnâ€™t have a ton of â€œtreatsâ€ when I was a little girl, but once a year we got to on as many rides as a kid could want, have fast food, and either a candy apple or cotton candy.Â What a hard choice!Â My husband has grown to love it too, so all week weâ€™ve been counting down, and praying it wouldnâ€™t rain!Â The weather was chilly, but dry today and I credit it all to the prayers of a certain 3 year old.
The day started with coffee and hot chocolate, and my husbandâ€™s all time favourite, Tiny Tom donuts.
Thereâ€™s lots to do at the fair.Â We started out seeing the animals, and there were some great kids activities in the barn.Â There were wooden eggs to collect and put in egg cartons, and velcro apples to pick from trees and real potatoes and carrots to be dug out of the dirt.Â I thought these would be great activities for a farm themed birthday party.
I love to look at the exhibits.Â The fresh vegetables just make you want to garden, and cook and eat!Â Maddie and I found the biggest pumpkin, all 700lbs of it!Â It was bigger than her, and she thought that was fantastic!
Part of the fair is exposing people to agriculture, and I loved this amazing display of vegetables all grown by one farmer.
Thanksgiving is next weekend, and I was imagining how amazing a display of these squash in their blueâ€™s, greenâ€™s and greyâ€™s would look with simple cabbage, in a few varieties, some white pumpkins, and beautiful coloured corn.
The veggies make you want to cook, the baked goods make you want to eat!Â Apple pie anyone?
And, after Thanksgiving, all thoughts will turn towards Christmas.Â Although itâ€™s still a little early right now, I spotted a few cute ideas.Â One Iâ€™d like to try with the kids, a Christmas card, made with curled paper.
I was also admiring all the gingerbread houses.Â I loved the details like the stained glass windows on one, and the stone work on another made out of candy.Â Maybe this is the year I go beyond the store bought kit.
We had a great day at the fair, and smiled and said goodbye to the scarecrow mascot on our way out.Â We left with lots of ideas for future projects, full tummies, and tired feet.Â Until next year Markham Fairâ€¦