As a young child, it was always fun when the Garfield County Fair came to town. This was in a town called Enid, Oklahoma. They had a bunch of rides, games, and a ton of exhibits to look at when you went inside. They also had booths set up with free things and people selling different stuff.
This fair is every year during the month of September. We took the kids out expecting a carnival of some type and things for them to do out here. The paper earlier this week even mentioned that a carnival would be there.
When we arrived, we realized that the parking lot was empty. There were cars parked here like people were inside, but no rides or games at all to see. The kids were not happy about this, but we went inside to see what was going on in there. We were told the carnival decided that the insurance would be too expensive and they would not make enough money in this town so they went somewhere else. They told us that they printed out the papers before they knew this about the carnival not coming. As you enter, you see the exhibits set up that people had entered into the fair. They had a big article in the paper about a pumpkin decorating contest, but only one pumpkin was even entered. We looked around at what exhibits were up and moved on to the booths.
At the booths, they had about 15 set up and that was it. People were offering a few contests and trying to sell things. The kids were able to make a sand art at one table for only $3. They did really enjoy this, but it was the only thing they found in the booths for them to do at all. We did find a couple of headbands to buy them.
We went toward the next part of the building and they had an area set up called “Farmer for a Day.” This was a nice exhibit that was really hands on for the kids. They had a few roosters and baby chickens for them to see. They were penned up though and you could not touch the babies at all. They also had wheat, corn, and dirt for the kids to dig through. The dirt had potatoes buried in it that they could try to find. They had several coloring pages printed out for them to take home. They also offered a fake cow that you could pretend to milk. Water came out when you squeezed and they thought this was amazing! This area was the highlight of the fair for the kids.
They had a sign that said pony rides $5. We went through the door and the area was set up but no ponies were anywhere to be seen. The kids who were planning to show their animals were back here getting them ready for the next day so we realized there was nothing more to see.
This used to be a huge fair that was a lot of fun to go out to and spend time as a family. Unless they make some huge changes we will not be going back next year. At least we saved a lot of money and were able to let them play around in one area for free. I hope they realize how bad it has become and improve on this next year.