My boys and I headed to the fair on Tuesday to take advantage of free kids day. They were sooo excited to experience the fair and I promised they could pick two rides, a game, and ice cream; and they could see tons of animals. What kid would not be excited!
Well, the first animal barn we went through were the cows. And that was the last animal barn. The boys truly disliked the smell. Guess we have not been spending enough time in the country. Note to self: visit more farms. Then, we were off to the pig races which were a hoot…or perhaps I should say “a squeal.” Our fun continued with hand dipped chocolate ice cream cones and some lemonade (of course this was after our very nutritious lunch of pizza and corn dogs). I consumed none of the above (except a few bites of terrible pizza) and then I tried a slice of fried pickle! It was average – a great way to turn a 5 calorie pickle into 500 calories! Passed on the fried butter. Just not appealing to me.
Of course there are always tons of “sights” at the WI State Fair and this year was no exception. Sadly, though, the sights this year had a lot in common…if I had to guess, I would venture to say about 60% + of the people I saw at the fair were overweight. All I kept thinking to myself was that I bring my kids to the fair to eat poorly for one day…but many of those at the fair probably eat like that every day.
Maybe some of you attended the fair and thought something different regarding the state of fitness affairs in Wisconsin? One image stuck with me the entire day….as we were watching the pig races, a young boy (maybe 10 years old) huffed by us, carrying a huge plate of fried food from Saz’s. He was probably 150+ pounds, could barely walk, and was wiping his brow every few seconds to manage the sweat pouring down his face. That boy was someone’s son, maybe someone’s brother, someone’s grandson, someone’s friend, or someone’s neighbor…hoping that he can get the help he needs to turn his life around. Hoping there is someone in his life who will care to help him make some changes.
Sadly, there are probably a few state fair attendees from this year that will not survive to see the fair next year. Truly, sad, especially knowing that some of them could have been leading healthier lives and possibly prevented their premature deaths. But as I have observed and learned, people will only make changes when they are personally ready in their minds, hearts, and bellies. Until more people move that direction, I think the state fair will continue to provide some sad sights.
Go and have fun for a day! But don’t forget to return to your healthy way of life.