The first big attraction of my trip to Michigan was a visit to the county fair, namely the Gladwin county fair in my home county. I have pleasant memories of visiting this fair from when I was a child. My grandparents lived just down the street from the fairgrounds, and I would walk there with them, ride some rides, and look at the farm animals in the barns. I even got my first cat here, I think I was 5 years old. He was a beautiful, giant gold tomcat and his name was Patty Paws. Anyway, it was time to take my kids to this fun place. It's the perfect fair for me, since it isn't so big and overwhelming, and amazingly also isn't so loud. For comparison, I visited the Kät in Annaberg-Buchholz several years ago because I'd wanted to relive my youth and have some fair fun, but I did not find it fun at all. It was incredibly loud, crowded and overwhelming. I couldn't go on any rides because the whole thing gave me a headache. All I could do was flee.
|This picture was not taken in 2006, it was taken on July 25, 2014. The Himalaya is a lot faster and scarier than it looks!|
The rusty, squeaking Thunder roll seemed to have seen its last oiling in about 1987.
The motorcycle ride, one I also recall from my childhood, oh, 29 years ago...
I actually wouldn't mind having a dunk tank at my house.
http://sarahonearth.blogspot.com/2008/10/mud-bogg-2nite-lloyds-38th.html and http://sarahonearth.blogspot.com/2009/05/down-at-mud-bog-driving-past-lloyds.html) I used to scorn the people who would take part in such events, and might still if I met them in person. Who knows. When I was in school the participants in these kinds of things were usually really narrow-minded and nasty, in particular to me and my friends. Nevertheless, when checking the schedule for the county fair this year, I was intrigued to see that there was an official mud bog on the roster and couldn't resist checking it out.
He had an impressive start...
...but he too got stuck.
The Misfit looked a little meaner, maybe he'll have more luck...
I think he got stuck, too. After an hour of these stuck trucks, I started getting bored and wondering if we should leave.
The next one got stuck, but he certainly didn't give up too quickly.
A stuck patriot.
Here's a nice montage, but I do not endorse any of the political views shown in this video!
Whatever your views on this kind of thing, the sheer noise and power on display were pretty impressive. I couldn't do this very often, but once in a while, it's pretty fun.
Goodbye, Gladwin County Fair! See you tomorrow for the demolition derby!