We kicked off our day at the Indiana State Fair with a special event from Indiana's Family of Farmers. They treated us to breakfast from the Dairy Bar and a special visit from the Fair's mascot- Buttermilk the Cow!
We went on tours of the barns and got to interact with some of the animals. Teagan's favorite was the pen where you can hang out with a handful of calves.
Zach really didn't like being in the barns. Funny smells and poop everywhere wasn't his idea of a good time.
We stopped by the DuPont Food Pavilion and the kids found something they enjoyed- a cooking demonstration! Best of all, we got to sample the food at the end. My kids are obsessed with "Chopped" on Food Network so watching someone cooking right in front of them felt like they were part of the show. They ate green beans, tomatoes, and topped off with a stuffed strawberry shortcake made with homemade ricotta!
But then I did something I don't normally do... In fact, something I've never done.
I bought each kid a wristband so they could ride as many rides as they wanted for the afternoon.
The Midway has a kid area where the rides are designed for the 42" and shorter set and it was perfect for a brother and sister to run around in the lighter crowds and test their bravery together.
There were easy rides- like the carousel. And then rides taking more courage like the kiddie roller coaster. But they loved every single ride and rode them again and again and I couldn't get enough of their excitement as they celebrated coming off a ride and raced for the next one!
But the best part of the Midway was that I hung back and watched my kids be best friends.