Wanderlusting: Back to the Fryeburg Fair

“For anyone who lives in the oak-and-maple area of New England, there is a perennial temptation to plunge into a purple sea of adjectives about October.” ~Hal Borland
Back to the Fair 

Our day wasn’t over after apple picking. Nope! We decided to stop by the fair on our way back from the orchard. I honestly did not think I would get to go to the fair, as I was in New York and then got sick. It was such an added bonus to get to do some New England autumnal activities. I was still not a hundred percent, but when my nephews said they wanted to go, I rallied for them. It had actually been three years since I went to the Fryeburg Fair thanks to the pandemic. While they did have it last year, I not only had a work trip that saw me coming back on the last day, things were still a little to cray-cray for my tastes, that I didn’t feel comfortable going.

Well, this year the fair rides were aligned, and I ended up going. I had actually been to the Bridgewater Fair in August with my cousin and her family, which was a ton of fun, but there is something nostalgic about the Fryeburg Fair which I have grown up with, and is a staple where I live. While it is always busy, I had never seen it THIS busy before. As it was a nice day, and the kiddos were off from school it was understandable. I also think things have finally gotten back to normal and the crowds were out.

Fair Fun

My nephews wanted to do ALL the rides so we got tickets and off we went. I admit I am not a huge fan of the rides irregardless of whether it is at a fair or amusement park. My speed is the carousel and going to look at the animals, though I do quite enjoy people watching, which I did, as my nephews rode the rides. They went on the carousel, the bumper cars, the big slide, which is fun, and some alien spinning ride, that made me nauseous just looking at it!

We had eaten at the apple orchard, before we got there, so what we ate at the fair was more sweet snacks. Of course, my nephews had to get fried dough, and my one nephew had the lid come off the powdered sugar so his was covered, not that he minded! My one request the whole day, was in true quintessential Northern New England fashion, was to go to the Maple Sugar Shack, which is filled with ALL the yummy maple products, and get maple cotton candy which is my favorite! I also grabbed a cider slush, because ’tis the season and you can never have to many apple products in my opinion!

It was such a fun day, filled with the most basic, yet traditional New England activities, but that is what made it so much fun! They might be basic, they might be “Instagrammable,” but they are what creates memories, and are filled with laughter and smiles. We all had a blast, especially my nephews and that is what is the most important!

Have you been to the fair this year? What is your favorite thing to do there? 

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