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Move aside, Mr. Jefferson, we're in the Land of Lincoln now! On Sunday, we finally made it to the Illinois State Fair. It was Family Day, which means Gina and I got in for a discount. This also meant we were able to justify spending more money on all that healthy Fair food. All you Texans out there know exactly what I'm talking about. Battered, deep fried and served on a stick! They even had deep-fried candy bars, but that will have to wait until next year.

Sam and Nate loved all the sights, sounds and tastes of the fair, especially funnel cake. They were too small to ride any of the rides, but they did get to stand and watch the kiddie roller coaster and the trucks. They also saw the petting zoo with pigs, donkeys, calves and goats. The most intriguing part of the fair was the Band Organ, which you will see below. Nate also got inspired to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a tightrope walker.

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We are all excited for the fair next year, and we definitely won't wait until the last day to go. By this time, the boys will be tall enough to ride some rides, and maybe I will work up the courage to ride some too. I will let you know how I enjoy the deep-fried candy bar. What's that my dentist hears? "Cha-ching, cha-ching!"