Now when I say county fair, you may see images of livestock and elephant ears, quilts and rides...... But for a "fair mom" there is nothing but slightly controlled chaos, show times and a repeating list running through their heads to make sure everything goes off without a hitch and that their kids have a great time! Soccer moms have nothing on a fair mom, because we jam it all into a week or less!!
Craft projects had to be entered between 9 am-12 pm on Saturday. There was booth duty that was supposed to be an hour long, that turned into 3 1/2 hours. Now quick, stand in line to get you wrist band. Then we had to run home and get the critters ready to go to the fair grounds that evening. Throw everyone (including critters) in the car and back to the fair grounds we go.
Sunday morning broke with a panic to get everyone dressed , in the car and to the fair for livestock judging. 9 am for rabbits, then quick, run to the other end of the fair grounds, get your child's show clothes changed, because 10 am was poultry. *breath* Sitting, watching and reminding your child to keep two hands on their bird, hoping like heck their flighty chicken doesn't take off for parts unknown. The stress level continues to rise!
Two days into the fair, my child was having a blast, showing his stuff, getting ribbons and I needed a nap!! I honestly don't remember fair being this much work when I was a kid? Oh wait...... it's a parent thing. Time to call my folks and thank them for all their hard work all those years ago!! And while his "showing" maybe over for the week, we still have to go every day to feed his critters. Once there there will be begging for elephant ears and rides. But it is only one week out of 52 right? Right?
So what does the "fair mom" get out of all this hard work? Well it certainly isn't a nap! But the smile of pride on your child's face, the joy of the beautiful ribbon in their hands as they show their grandparents, the eager desire to show ever fair goer their animal. That's what a "fair mom" is paid in. Seeing their child grow, be confident and take pride in what they have done.... that is worth more then money!
And while I would still like a nap.... I don't miss a beat when my child asks to add yet another project for next year. Sure, why not take the dog.... she doesn't really fit in the car she is so big, but if you want to join the dog club, I'll find out when their meetings are. Because that is what a "fair mom" does. So the next time you're at a county fair and see a frazzled mom.... now you know why! Excuses me now, we need to get to the fair and feed the critters.....