This weekend some of us sisters serving in Nebraska gathered for fun at the State Fair! A weekend of prayer and play to rejuvenate our hearts and souls. Saturday was spent cooking and catching up on all we've been doing since we returned to our missions (our parish and school work). That evening we attended Mass at Sister's parish where she helps out with caring for others. A big surprise for me was a familiar face! One of my students who just graduated was at Mass with us! He peeked over at me as I was peeking over at him...both of us unsure if we were recognizing the right person since neither knew the other should be there. After Mass he came over to greet me with a big smile and hug. It was fun to catch up with him at the start of his new college career...by the by...he was getting ready to show his hogs at the fair the next day.
I loved seeing all the folk wandering up and down the streets of the fairgrounds. Here we were watching the folk's check out a hay bale designed to look like snoopy flying one of his doghouses! There were families with baby strollers, teens sporting their school-4H-FFA affiliations, young couples, and those who had seen many more fairs. It was fun to watch them go by...
Important to all state fairs is the fried food on a stick! We tried fried Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies, HoHos, MilkyWays, Chocolate covered Bacon, Corndogs, and the winner...Fried Peaches! They tasted like fresh peach cobbler with a little cinnamon and sugar sprinkled over the top. The peaches were sweet and juicy and all warm with a crunchy batter covering. Hmmm...luckily we were all willing to share. Between the giggles, we swapped bites of the sweet and the savory.
As we left the fair for our little convent home, the lights and squeals of delight from the midway carried all throughout the fairgrounds. We had been all over the grounds by this time and were too weary to check out the goings-on but it was a beautiful reminder of fun and life and joy of the young and old we had been seeing all day long. I had to take a quick picture as we made our way to the shuttle-bus, a picture of how I remember fairs when I was little, a picture of how the rural fairs still celebrate today.