A country fair in England is probably the closest to how I can describe a state fair. Showcasing the best and brightest a US state has to offer. Apparently Minnesota is one of the largest State Fairs in the country.
And so being here in the US at the time of the fair it’s almost a given to go! A group of colleague friends and me went….
The first section we happen to walk through is the animal section.. in fact, we did not wander too many other places but stayed close to the Animal barns.
It’s so interesting to see.. goats are being pimped, washed, groomed.. pigs walk on a leash… people take great pride showcasing their breeds.
The horses though are my favourite… the horse and carts were just amazing to see. The way the horses are dressed up and walk so graciously! The owners look proud for a reason!
Combine that with all the sounds, smells and foods.. it’s an overwhelming attack on the senses:
I had a delicious pecan roll for dinner, washed down with lemonade. Not sure I want to know the amount of calories I consumed!
You seem to be able to get just about anything on a stick. Fried banana split, fried olives, fried mash, fried pickles….
Fries come in huge buckets, as do cookies… I guess to be shared, but who is going to say something if you eat it all alone?
People watching is probably my favourite activity. Dressed up, dressed down, having fun. I was glad to be able to hang out at the fair for a few hours and sample the atmosphere.
This event makes me reflect on those times in Jesus life where large groups gathered around Him, hungry for what He had to share. He gave them food, when they were hungry. However, when He wanted to talk to His Father, he sought solitude, being away from people.
I think I feel not to different. A few hours at the fair and I am ready for a day of rest, reflecting on other things!
How has your week been? Are you also happy with this day of rest, to reflect back on that which is important?