Friday, September 23, 2011

Tri-State Fair and Rodeo 2011

It is that time of year again. Time to get the family and head to the Tri-State Fair and Rodeo in Amarillo Texas!! We have been twice now. We went on Tuesday this week and this evening my daughter and I went together while the boys stayed home!! On Tuesday, we took both of the kids and enjoyed the afternoon at the fair! The kids played some games and rode some rides. They had to get their favorites like the infamous cheese on a stick and smoked turkey legs!! This evening I took my daughter so she and I could have some fun together and have some girl time. We met up with my daughters step sister and brother, and we went and played some games. My daughter did not get to ride all of the rides she had wanted to on Tuesday, so before we left this evening, I made sure she got to ride the rides she wanted to. I see the Fair and Rodeo as being the perfect time to bond and have fun with the entire family! We were given some Mega Gate Passes to use this year, courtesy of the Tri-State Fair and Rodeo. The Mega Passes are a must have. With the Mega Passes that you can purchase prior to the fair you can get in the gate every day and ride the rides for free! That does exclude the power and extreme rides. But if you think about it, if you plan to spend the week at the fair and you just pay every day to just get in the gate, you would save money by getting the Mega Passes, and you get a free arm band that gets you on the majority on the rides. So the Mega Passes are so worth it and they save you and your family money, so there is more money to spend on other things you might want at the fair!!! One thing that the kids have made a tradition out of at the fair, is the petting zoo. My kids have done the petting zoo every year since they were babies, and that is a must stop at exhibit!! This year they had all of the really cute mini and baby animals. The pygmy goats and miniature cows were adorable. My kids love feeding and petting all of the baby animals and I love that they are so friendly and relaxed around the crowd of kids. My daughter loved the Zebra that they had this year, and was able to pet it on the head!! From there we met up with a little monkey that would shake your hand for a quarter, the kids decided that we needed a little monkey after the encounter! After we were done petting cute baby animals and shaking hands with the little monkey, it was on to the Bengal Tiger Encounter, where there were two adult tigers doing tricks then next to their area was a large tent with several baby tigers. The babies were adorable and if someone wanted to, they could pay to get in the areas with the baby tigers and play with them. You could also get your picture taken with them! Watching them play was so cute, they appeared to play just like house cats!! I think my favorite part of the fair is the rodeo. I have always loved going to rodeos and watching all of the different classes of cowboys and cowgirls, from the young 4hers to the experienced professionals! We were also lucky enough to watch some pig races as well as a very entertaining hypnotist!! I loved all of the exhibits in the exhibit hall. The food was just as great as it has been every year. And I was able to try a few new things like the Wild West Soda which is a homemade series of root beers, sarsaparilla, and cream sodas as well as some amazing fudge!! In all, this year has been another very entertaining and memorable event!!
The Tri-State Fair and Rodeo will be here through Saturday the 24th! Also tomorrow night is the PRCA Rodeo Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night and admission will be $5!!! So get everyone in pink and head on to the final night of this week long fair!!!

5 comments:

Laura H. said...

Awwwww....this brings back memories of when I was young and we would go the county fair every year. Being from a small, rural community it was the highlight of the year and not to be missed. Thanks for reminding me of the sights, sounds and even smells!

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Jilleen said...

My dad lived in Texas for years. I used to love it when I would visit and we would go to a rodeo. I still get a kick out of watching it somethings on TV. I never went to a real state fair in Texas though. It looks like an amazing experience.

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Mommy Katie said...

I love going to the rodeos!! They are so much fun, I love everything from the mutton bustin to the cowboys riding those bucking broncs and bulls!! My cousins live outside of town and their kids are in 4H and they do some mutton bustin. The Fair and Rodeo is one of those yearly things that we just love and enjoy!!!

Laura Lane said...

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