Thursday, November 7, 2013

National Peanut Festival

The National Peanut Festival rolled into town this week.  We were told it was a "must see" and it even made it's way onto our bucket list.  I'm not sure what we were expecting. It was a little like the State Fair and Lagoon but with a tich more "redneck-ness" (is that a word?)  Anyway, we went and we ate fried Twinkies and Snickers Bars, elephant ears, and corn dogs.  The boys rode their first Ferris Wheel and Dean got to see a camel that reminded him of his favorite commercial ("Guess what day it is?").  I was happy because with temperatures unusually low, 
 it actually felt like November.

Um, yes, that's the official "Welcome Peanut" with a Confederate Flag waving behind us. Gotta love it.

Ben is learning about George Washington Carver in school and asked for his picture to be taken by this commemorative statue.

Apparently you are only supposed to eat corn dogs purchased from the official "Corn Dog Man" booth.  Dean had heard that sometimes the line for these famous fried dogs can be up to an hour long.  We lucked out and got ours fast.  I personally felt bad for all the other corn dog vendors, but it was a pretty tasty corn dog.

Oh my goodness, they were soooo excited to see some real live jousting.

Getting ready for the Ferris Wheel

Ben - "Dad, I want to go on the Ferris Wheel"
Dean - "No way, unh uh, you're not going tonight because I ain't goin' with ya....
 Ask your mom, she's crazy enough to get on one of those things."

They were so excited to go in the front car.  Ben kept his hands up the whole time.

The funny thing was they actually spent the whole ride home discussing what name to bestow upon the prize goldfish.  In the end, I found "Goldy" written with Sharpie in 7yr old penmanship on the top of the lid.  

Until next year, Peanut Festival.  Thanks for a fun night.

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