If you and your child are interested in animals, the fair is for you! There are contests you can enter if you have animals. You have to train them and wash them and sometimes even sheer them! You can win prizes like ribbons – like first, second, and third place.
If you don’t have animals and you still want to learn about them, you can check out all the different exhibits and animals and look at the different breeds of animals. That means all the different kinds of animals. It is even free! At the Lebanon Fair we saw rabbits, roosters, chickens, geese, peacocks, pigs, cows and ducks. There was even a place to see where baby chicks were being born. Some had already hatched and some were just waiting.
If you have never seen a cow before this would be a great experience because you would get to see something you have never seen before which would make you think of things a little differently.
There are shows there that are really fun to see. There are acrobat shows and shows about animals.
Going to the fair is really, really fun. The fair is also about having fun with your family. If you are a kid, this can be a great experience for you.
Every year, my family and I go to the York Fair. I grew up in Pittsburgh and this experience was just not available to me as a child. I am always amazed at the richness of these events and how nicely they highlight the beauty, ingenuity, and creativity of our state. The York Fair was where my daughter Maddie, who is 5, truly realized her love of animals and signed up for 4H. It was where Olivia got to pet a lamb when she was two. It was where Grace watched expectantly as baby chicks emerged from their eggs, wobbly and wet. I love the fair!
The fair to me is about rich experience. If you have a farming background, the fair is about celebrating your story. If you don’t, like my children, the fair is about hearing and learning the story. Olivia is right when she says seeing things you have never seen before makes you think about things a little differently. For children, these experiences widen their thoughts, help them organize their ideas, and help them make sense of the world around them. I remember hearing a family at the fair one year try to convince their four year old that the cow they were looking at was a real cow, even though it wasn’t in a book jumping over the moon.
So…what can children learn at the fair? And how can you capitalize on these experiences as an adult who cares about them?
Ultimately, fairs really are about connecting to our community and family and valuing those connections. That is a lesson worth learning every day.
Add your comments about your experiences with children at fairs and tips for maximizing the educational value of this really fun experience!
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