I didn't even realize that life went on outside of the Neshoba County Fairgrounds. Something about being at the fairgrounds makes you forget that real life is happening out there. I guess that is what so many people love about it.
The first time I ever missed any part of the fair was back in my college years whenever I was taking a summer class at MSU. I thought it was the end of the world that I missed Fri-DAY and made it in on Friday night. From what I remember, I skipped the majority of the next week.
I think we took these pictures after my Friday evening arrival during the Fair of 2011.
Since then, I obviously enjoy the fair, but I also semi-participate in life outside the gate. Last year, the fair was a little off for me and Austin because we were doing what we could to help get our house ready by September 19th (our wedding day) and.... priorities. Last year's fair looked a lot like this...
Mattie Kate walked with me and Austin to the rodeo on Saturday night and we laid low since we were planning to make it to Sunday School on Sunday. By laid low, I mean we went to bed at midnight. On Sunday, we came home for Sunday School and church and spent Sunday night at home. Bandit and Daisy were super excited to see us. They have my heart!
Austin and I both worked on Monday, and went back to the fairgrounds Monday afternoon. We kidnapped Joy and took her to the camper for a little while.
We worked again on Tuesday and made it back in time to hear Donald Trump, Jr speak at the grandstand. It was HOT.
These two formed a sweet little friendship. Instead of Mattie Kate, Ally says Mattie Cake and it is the cutest! On Tuesday night, we found ourselves back on the Midway! Austin wanted Mattie to ride with him on the bumper cars, but she refused.