I can say that it definitely added a LOT more to our experience this year. We saw things we didn't even know the Fair had! We experienced things that were educational in the areas of Agriculture, Chemistry, Engineering, Horticulture, Art and Math! It totally changed how I look at the Fair and made it a much more rich experience. We will definitely be doing the scavenger hunt as a tradition each year. We even decided next year we would enter some of our projects into the 4H contests since we saw many things that we have done in Wonderful Wednesdays! So you'll have to stay tuned next year and see where we place! LOL
We also enjoyed the Education Building with all the various 4H exhibits and submissions from schools for Art projects - which is when we thought about submitting our Wonderful Wednesday projects for next year's Fair! Lastly, we of course, enjoyed the silliness and outrageousness of the Fair itself with walking trees, 10 foot tall cowgirls, rides and magic shows - I mean after all it IS the State Fair - right?
My special needs son loves the Fair - he looks forward to it every year. His favorite tradition at the Fair is to eat a frozen banana and ride as many rides as he can in a days time before having to leave! My prayers go out to the family's affected by a serious accident this year involving the rides in which several people were seriously injured, it has given me and my husband pause and we may have to reconsider that tradition too - although after this year's accident they probably will be even stricter/safer next year than ever. So...I imagine we'll continue the tradition of letting him ride till his hearts content -especially when I get a smile from him like this....
My closing thoughts are in regards to my experience this year after being diagnosed with celiac disease recently. (Remember my mentioning the deep fried Moon Pies and Twinkies from years gone by??) I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy the Fair this year since I would have to forgo all the fabulous tastes that had become such a part of my Fair experience. I'm thankful that I decided to still go and take a different approach -focusing on the educational aspects instead. It was so worth it. While many of you more Fair savvy Moms may be thinking that I've had my head in the sand not realizing all the great educational opportunities before now - I think perhaps it may have been buried in the deep friend Moon Pies and Twinkies - so I'm very thankful this year that I was forced to view the Fair differently and my mind is much clearer without those Moon Pies and Twinkies!