Had fun at the Spokane County Fair

in life •  2 months ago

We went for the rides and games this year.


Our oldest is now nearly 5 and he is a lot more willing to get on the rides at the fair. Last year he was pretty scare on a few of the smaller kids coasters so this year we went with the bit tamer things. The first was the big fairis wheel which was nifty to be up at the top and able to look down into the concrete casting yard across the street. There is an open pit that has a large pool of water in it which is the top of the Spokane Rathdrum aquafer exposed to the air.

Next J wanted to ride the carousel which he enjoyed last year. Now that he is tall enough he is allowed on a lot more rides. Little one still has a couple years before we bring him with. He MIGHT get a chance next year if he is showing that he could handle it but he probably won't be tall enough or ready for the excitement. We will see.


There were a couple of games that he did and the fish catch game caught his attention first thing. As is standard for the fairs the games and rides are atrociously expensive, the food is all expensive, and you get to see an odd cross section of society milling about. While I was painfully aware of this J had a good time.


J loved the slide. I would like to find a spot on our property that I could build a big ass long slide for the boys. Our hill is about 90 foot elevation drop and would make for a pretty killer slide. I will probably have to make it when they are older and able to help dig iot out. Plus there will be shit tons of rocks that will need to be moved to keep from having speed bumps.

I didn't enter any produce into the fair this year. We got back from our Canada trip and I went to pick things to enter but I realized that I have not kept enough to make it worth while. I have sold everything I have grown this year so my supply of quality examples is a resounding, NONE. It is a good problem to have really but it is nice to get some big ribbons and a little check from the winnings. Maybe next year I will be able enter some produce again.

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We didn’t make it to the local fair this year but there is always next year.
Being the youngest of 4 boys I always hated not making the mark when finding out that I wasn’t tall enough to ride.
Glad to see the family had some fun, now get back to work on your farm. Ha ha ha ha


Spokane is still going through the weekend but that would be a bit far to drive to go to the fair. Jeff Foxworthy is tonight or tomorrow night. He went from stadiums to county fairs, though still going after 30 years, I wonder if he still has the same schtick....

This is the time of the year I really like working on the farm, when the temps are JUUUUUSSSSTTTT right.


How old is that guy nowadays??? Still funny as ever I would imagine.
75-80 degrees and those nice cool brisk mornings. Ya that’s what I’m talking about. Better enjoy it because the 0 degree temps are just around the corner.

It's nice to see your family out and about enjoying the fair @flemingfarm 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦

On another note, I'd be interested to know what you think about farming inside of buildings. @quinneaker wrote a post about that, and I got to thinking, if you own a large lot of land, it might be able to grow even more crops someday.

Best Regards,
~ @chrisrice


The biggest hurdle to efficiently growing food indoors is the amount of power needed to create the amount of lumens needed for the crops to grow. With the current boom in LED lighting it has given a big leg up in that area. Indoors requires hydro or soil but both most likely will require nutrients which cost as well. If a person can effectively manage the costs vs output then the venture is absolutely worthwhile.

Veritcal farming is a big sector that needs to be utilized FAR more than it currently is. There are a number of empty skyscrapers in the country and world that could become perfect vertical farms.