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Oct 22, 2012

Fall Break at the Scarecrow Festival

I know, I know, all we do is play around here. My sweetie is a bit annoyed that we didn't get anything accomplished this weekend, but we sure had a lot of fun! We got up Saturday morning and everyone except Teach (who had to work) and Prima Donna (who had a homework project) headed to the Scarecrow Festival.

The festival is held every year at West Ridge Academy. It used to be Utah Boys' Ranch for troubled boys, but I guess when they started allowing girls they changed the name. My kids were so excited to go! Remember back in the spring when we went to the Scout-o-Rama? Well, those giant bungee trampoline things live at West Ridge Academy and they were definitely set up for the festival. And did I mention that everything was free??

We got there within a few minutes after 10:00 when it opened and the Dog Walker, Crafty, and Scout headed straight for the trampolines. They still had to wait for about 30 minutes, but it was much better than the 3-hr wait at the Scout-o-Rama.

The rest of us split off into the games and bounce houses. The games were the traditional duck pond, spin the wheel, horseshoes, you get the idea. They all had tickets for prizes and then we got to turn in the tickets for something fun. We brought home ribbon tiaras and stuffed animals. Curly was the most excited about the plastic witch's fingers and he got two of those.

We rode a little train and the kids got inside that huge rolling ball. But probably the most fun we had was when Bossy and the Dog Walker decided to battle it out in the elastic pull. They strapped into the harnesses, sharing a little trash talk. The first pull put the Dog Walker in the lead, but Bossy didn't give up. The second pull had the same results.  On her third and final try, the worker wanted her to win so badly, he slipped her Velcro bag a few inches in front of the Dog Walker's. My favorite part was watching the elastic pull them back in. Neither one of them could stay on their feet. Thank goodness they were in a giant blowup!

Our fun ended all too soon since we had to be back by noon. Crafty's play was going on and her call time was at noon. Sport's football ride was also picking him up at 12:15. (I'll put up some pics of the game tomorrow.)

Before we slipped away, we bought some bread from their little shop. It was only a dollar a loaf and it sure made awesome French toast for our Sunday morning breakfast!

Maybe I can convince my sweetie that our trip to the festival was in lieu of a trip to the grocery store... we did buy bread, didn't we?  That's definitely accomplishing something!


Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

That elastic pull thing would have had me howling in laughter at them! So fun! I like those traditional games you mentioned. They'll always be fun!

Natalie Ockey said...

We talked about doing this--now I am sad that we didn't. Oh well, there's always next year!

Messy Musings said...

I love reading about all the togetherness fun and support your family has!! Renews my faith in what it might be like to someday be part of a family like that :-D

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

How fun! We did something similar last week and it was a blast! We didn't see scarecrows though!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

You're certainly enjoying your fall break!


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