October starts on Thursday and in Mississippi that means its time for the State Fair. We went for the first time in 2014 shortly after our move to the South. We've enjoyed the state fairs in Minnesota and Wisconsin as well, so we were excited for a day of family fun. The Mississippi State Fair did not disappoint. Furthermore, at 3 years old our twins were tall enough to enjoy many of the rides especially in the Kiddie Rides section near the Jefferson Street entrances.
The first thing my daughter said when she walked in the gate was "I want to go on a ride!" We came in Greymont St side of the fair so we had a long walk. Our twins were fascinated by all of the sights and sounds so they didn't mind walking, but we decided to ride to sky glider when we reached it. This gave us a good view of the whole fair and we had more of a plan when we got off. Our daughter was still excited about rides, so we headed for the kiddie ride section. Our kids picked the Bubble Bee ride and the Carosel and had a complete blast.
It was lunchtime by then so we headed to the food stands. We found the Beef Barn which had hot dogs and chips that our Dairy Allergic son could eat. It also offered tables for costumers which with little ones who can't walk and eat was a huge selling point.
After lunch we headed to the barns. During lunch we had talked about what kind of animals we wanted to see. We had quite a list by the time we were done munching. (Basically all of them). We started at the Children's Barn. There were a variety of animals to pet. The baby ducks and horse were our favorites. Then we wandered through more of the barns and ended up watching part of a Cattle Show. Our twins were fascinated by it all.
We still had a little time before naps and our twins voted for another ride. We all went on a mini-roller coaster near the exit. (Mom was terrified, Dad and Son indifferent, Daughter completely delighted).
It was a short trip that left us wanting more, but that's why we're excited that it's almost time to head back! Do you have State Fair favorites? We'd love to here there, wherever you live!
*Entrance fees are cheap, but between food and rides the price can go up rapidly.
*Check out the website. There is a lot of helpful information including a map, schedule, and details about special events (ex. free days!)
*There is a changing tent located at the back of the Kiddie Ride section.
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