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Funderland!

My dear friend stopped by this afternoon and mentioned that there’s always a fair that comes to town at Easter called, Funderland.  She asked is we would be interested in going.  I thought, “sure we would, lets plan for it!”  “Ok, get your shoes.” she replied!

So I wasn’t prepared for that, in fact I had just finished coating my hair in coconut oil and clipping it on top of my head.  She offered to wait while I took a shower, but the kids looked so excited to run out the door that I just said, lets go!

It was about a 45 minute walk from the city to the fair grounds.  When we got close, you could see the biggest rides up over the buildings.  The kids were over the moon thrilled.  I was excited because I felt bad that they would miss the Ag Fair on the Vineyard this summer, which is tradition.  So here we were, at the gates of this beautiful fair and I was so relieved.

Everyone going on rides requires a bracelet and because it’s fairly pricey, I just got the kids bracelets.  The front of the fair grounds was mainly younger kids rides, but we’re not adventurous when it comes to rides, so carousels, Dumbo rides and those little cars that go round and round in a circle are just fine with us.

As we made our way through, there were big slides, obstacle courses, bumper cars and a medium sized roller coaster that was not too big but big enough to be awesome!  They also had fairground hot dogs, which I’m just going to believe were 100% organic beef, and we finished off the night with Hook A Duck for €3 a pop.

We spent about 4.5 hours there before walking back home.  It was an amazing, surprise day and we all had a fantastic time.

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This ride left one of mine in tears.  Bad call on my part.

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Some of the rides were wild!

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…And some were just our speed.

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A silly fun house

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This swing can be seem from over a mile away.

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Let’s go to the fair!

On the third weekend in August, on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard, the air is tingling with the thrill of the annual Agricultural Fair.  This year was the 115th fair and it didn’t disappoint. There are only 2 occasions where we have missed the Ag Fair, and that’s when we were out of the country.  I have pictures of Sparrow at her first fair when she was 3 months old!

Originally, the fair was 3 days, but due to the massive summer crowds, they’ve expanded to 4 days.  Friday night is fireworks night, so to encourage more people to the fairgrounds, and discourage deserters to the fireworks, bracelets are sold for $25 a piece, ensuring the wearer free, unlimited rides from 6pm – 10pm.  This is, of course, much more cost effective if you have children that go mental and ride everything they make the height cut off for over and over and over.  Most of the rides are $5 a piece, and when 2 kids can ride close to 70 rides between 6 and 10, the bracelet is a god send.

The organised chaos of the rides, the jubilant crowds, the sounds from the barn, the beckoning smells from the food booths, it all makes for an overwhelming feast for the senses.

We arrived clean, fresh and full of anticipation at about 4:30pm and left filthy, exhausted and completely satisfied at 11pm.  Everyone needed a shower before bed, you just can’t get 6.5 hours worth of dust off with a sponge bath.  Sky and Sparrow were both asleep before I got out of the shower.  All in all, another successful year at the MV Ag. Fair!

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