Friday, August 30, 2013

Fair Days!

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This week we've been working the DuQuoin State Fair and it's been... interesting, yes, and fun. The week has been slow as far as business so we've had time to sit and rest (which is nice, to an extent). Thankfully, the weekends are busier.

Fonzie, me, and Toby. Resting before the evening crowd arrives.

Working the fair is a family thing for us--we're there, working together. We take turns working the monkeys and pitching in where and when needed.

Fonzie spots me sneaking a picture of him.

Monkeys don't miss a thing. Fonzie may be busy shaking hands, but he sees everything that goes on...including friends and family members as they come and go.


My oldest working Fonzie.
Fonzie is an old pro at shaking hands.

It's been very hot this week and people have been concerned about the monkeys working in the heat--but they don't mind the heat. White face Capuchins are native of Central and South American jungles and they are made for the heat (but not the cold). We have lots of water and snacks for them and fans, but often they'll move out the fan breeze. On the other hand, we've been boiling in the heat and humidity.


But I have to admit, the best part of working this fair has been the friends we've made and spending time with family members. God gave us great neighbors at the fair and it's been great talking with them.

God's also given us a great family and I've loved hanging out with them this week.
Kids, grandkids, monkeys. Does it get any better than this?

We are blessed.

Of the thousands of pictures snapped so far this week, this is my favorite and it was a press-the-button shot. Imagine our surprise and my glee when I discovered that I caught him-who-shall-remain-nameless pouting! It's too good not to enjoy. I love this guy and I'm so thankful for him. An injury at work made it so he's been able to spend the week with us--resting and healing some (hopefully) while escaping the boredom of being stuck at home. I'm so glad he and his family have been with us!

So tell me, what's your favorite thing about the fair?
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16 comments:

  1. Favorite fair thing? Food!

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    1. oh yes!! Our tent is nestled among the concessions so we are smelling all that wonderful food ALL the time. It's a form of torture. LoL.

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  2. That looks like so much fun! Funnel cake is my favorite.

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    1. J'nell, I had some funnel cake the other night for the first time in my life. Oo la la. Love at first bite!! Our neighbors sent an extra one over for us and was it ever delicious!! =]

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  3. I knew I should have come to the fair!!!! Is it over?
    Blessings,
    Diana

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    1. Diana, I've seen a couple ladies who look a little like you and each time I got so excited thinking it might be you. The fair runs through about 9 PM Monday night (Labor Day) so you still have time to come! =] =] We're between the carnival and the senior center, caddy-corner from the sirloin stands. ;-)

      I would so love to see you!!! =]

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  4. Strawberry shortcake ~ we used to live in FL and visited the Strawberry Festival every year. Yum!
    How many monkeys do you have? They are adorable!

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    1. That sounds yummy, Dora!
      We just have these two and we think they are adorable too. =]

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  5. LOVE the pictures - and I would say, if I were there, my favorite part would be the monkeys (and their owners, of course ;)). But just walking around is lots of fun :)

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    1. LoL, Joanne. The monkeys and their owners were one of our favorite parts too! We would drive 2-3 hrs to see them every year, never dreaming how THAT would turn out. LoL. I really enjoy walking around and seeing everything too. =]

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  6. Of course, fair food. But since I'm on a quest to stay healthy and weight down, I've had to forgo. *pout* It's especially hard since the fairgrounds a just a few minutes from my house and the oh-so-heavenly smells waft in my bedroom at night...while I'm lying there NOT sleeping during the tractor pulls. LOL. Looks like you guys had lots of fun!

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    1. Oh boy. That would be torture too! Right there in your own room! We LOVE the horse and tractor pulls. =]

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  7. Patty, I couldn't imagine all those monkeys and the doings with them, but thanks to your photos I can. What a fun slice of life :)

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    1. The monkeys are rather unique, Elaine. Unless you've seen them somewhere, imagining what they do is tough. I love just sitting and watching them, even after all this time. =]

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  8. Our huge fair opened yesterday, but I don't plan on attending this year due to my painful hip. I love to go and take photos of the food, and any unique exhibit. I also enjoy the commercial exhibits of people selling their wares.

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  9. Have to be honest. I don't like fairs. I dislike them very strongly. I think it's the heat that makes me avoid them. If they could be in the autumn I think I might like them a whole lot more! Fascinating that you have monkeys. I am still trying to absorb that! :) They are adorable and so is your family.

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