Frying Pan Park 4-H Fair & Carnival: Animals, Rides, and More

It seems like yesterday when we played with sparklers on the Fourth of July and now it’s already August. In another month school starts. Seriously, this summer is flying by – I can’t believe we only have four precious weekends left... As a working mom, it’s a bummer that I can’t spend more time with the kids on the weekdays, but I hope to fill the rest of our summer weekends with many fun activities :)

This weekend, that fun activity was the 4-H Fair & Carnival at Frying Pan Park!
The kids were happy and curious, which meant that we all had lots of fun. We got there before the carnival opened so we walked around and visited animals for about 45 minutes. Let me see….if I remember it correctly, we saw pigs, sheep, goats, cows, chickens, and horses. Oh, we also saw young equestrians riding horses, which Anna was very excited about. The best part, however, was when we went inside a barn and there were baby chicks for people to touch and hold. The hubs raised a baby chick when he was little, but for the rest of us, it was our first time holding baby chicks! They were so fluffy and soft. Pretty exciting. We also saw some baby chicks hatching too!
Once the carnival opened up, we made our way there. It was a small carnival, with only a handful of rides that the kids could ride on. The equipment was old and needed to be refurbished, but the kids of course couldn’t care less and enjoyed everything. We paid $20 for 24 tickets so they could each get on 4 rides. They ride the carousel practically every weekend, but Anna still wanted it. We did our best to talk her out of it, but in the end, she still got on and had fun, which I guess was the most important. Then they just picked 3 more rides that all went around and around. I think the most fun and different ride was this bouncing dolphin one. The two of them had the whole thing to themselves!
We also forked over $6 to let them play a game so they could have something to take home. Anna caught a fish easily, but Will needed some help. They ended up picking the same toy – a stuffed turtle – from the bin, just in different colors. Anna named hers Princess Flora. Will hasn’t nailed down a name for his yet.
We were at the park for about two hours. By the time we left, there was a long line of cars waiting to get it. Perfect timing. Then we got some food before going home and taking a 2-hour nap. It was a great Sunday.


  1. I think it doesn't really matter what we do, so long as there is no crying or screaming, it'll result in a great time. This was definitely one of those times.

  2. Another fun day! Carnivals are so fun for little kids. Even though they charge an arm and a leg for tickets/games, I think the kids enjoy it so much that it's worth it. :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  3. Sounds like a great day indeed! Love that you got to go before the crowds arrived. We are going to the Montgomery County Fair next week. I'm super excited!

  4. cute pics.. sounds like a fun day!

  5. Looks like you all had a great time - the weather was sort of soggy.


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