We discovered "Little Hands on the Farm" -- an interactive area where kids do farming chores and get "paid" at the end.
Everyone loved "planting", "feeding animals," "riding tractors," and "picking apples":
This sign at the end, where the children turn in their "money" for something tangible, just didn't seem to compute:
I think I love the fair so much because it emobodies so much of what I love as a homemaker: the country, cooking, livestock, food, handwork, tractors, history, etc.:
It's the year of the Red Gold Tomatoes at the State Fair and tomato plants are EVERYWHERE -- including the hanging baskets: