Wednesday, May 03, 2006
What would you pay for an afternoon of pleasure?
View from atop Ferris wheel

Oronzo and I decided to take Snuggle Bug to the fair last weekend. He's never been to the fair before and we thought he'd enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells. I can't remember the last time I've been to a fair, so I must not have gone since I was a kid myself.

Can I just say, I was shocked at how expensive everything was! I started taking mental notes of prices as I walked through the fairgrounds. Here's a running list of what I can remember:

Now, we didn't actually purchase all this food (we were smart and ate lunch before heading to the fair, so all we bought was 2 ice cream cones), I just wanted to list some of what I saw to give you an idea of how outrageous these prices were! Even so, we managed to spend $60 when all was said and done. $60 for about 2 1/2 hours of pleasure. Is that steep? It seems so to me. Maybe that's because this is the first time in my life that I was part of the parent team paying for the fair. No wonder my parents weren't able to take all five of us kids out for these types of entertainment very often!

I guess the important thing is that Snuggle Bug had a great time. We had him in his stroller and he sat up straight and strained forward the whole time, looking every which way. He enjoyed riding on the merry-go-round. He didn't seem to mind sitting on Oronzo's lap as the three of us took a turn on the Ferris wheel. Apparently he's not afraid of heights because he was craning his neck to peer out over the edge of the seat to look down over the fair as the Ferris wheel went round and round. He really enjoyed petting pigs and sheep, as they were awaiting their turn to be auctioned off to the highest bidder. He wanted to pet the huge Clydesdale horses that were pulling around a bright red wagon (petting was a no, no). And he really enjoyed making a sticky mess as he shared my ice cream cone.

I've learned a valuable lesson as a first time parent, apparently I'm willing to pay quite a bit for an afternoon of pleasure for my child!

11:19 AM
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3 Comments:
At 9:35 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Wow that is pretty expensive! We live in a small town and our fair only costs $1 to get in! Don't remember how much the rides were; I think food was about 1/2 what you listed - in the $3-4 range. But it sounds like it was a success even if expensive!

 
At 9:38 AM, Blogger Overwhelmed! said...

Michelle- I'm obviously living in the wrong place! I'm originally a small town girl myself, so these prices seem over the top to me! Your prices sound much more reasonable. :) Yes, the day was a success, even if expensive.

 
At 9:17 PM, Blogger Tracey said...

We have some pretty pricey fairs, too. But they usually have the wristband days. That's the only way to go, if you're planning on riding more than 2 rides. And eating ahead of time, or having a bbq waiting for you at home is the only way to go for food! But isn't it such fun?!?

 

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