Festival in the Park

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So. Much. Fun!  When my mom comes to visit me, I never want my weekend to end.  Today was the annual Festival in the Park, which has been going on for nearly three decades.  It’s a mix of an amusement park, art festival, and live performances, all centered around the beautiful Freedom Park.  Every year I’ve been here, I’ve said, “I’m definitely going to the festival,” and every year, I blow it off.  But today – success!

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Before attending, we fueled up with blood orange margaritas at a nearby Mexican restaurant.  Obviously.

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There were thousands of people at the fair!  Completely overwhelming for me – but I think Henry liked it.  He loves that carrier and loved checking out all the action and people and art.  Best $14 I ever spent at a consignment sale.

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Lots and lots of pretty jewelry but even better FOOD!  So much fair food.  Fries and ice cream and funnel cakes and lemonade and corn on the cob and…. Oh, man.  All that is holy!  Has anyone ever had deep fried Oreos or Snickers?!  I bet they are amazing.


A good time was had by all.  I just wish the Husband was in town to enjoy it with Mom, Nick, Henry, and me (he’s away on business).  Maybe next year.


Afterwards, Mom tucked Henners into bed, and the adults had Thai food. 

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A good day, indeed.



  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 22, 2012, 9:17 pm

    Glad you had a good day!!

  • Kelly September 22, 2012, 9:56 pm

    I had a deep fried oreo a couple years ago. It was GOOD!

  • Amanda K. September 22, 2012, 10:40 pm

    looks awesome.
    i hope kristien enjoyed the miami-gt game. i’m a virginia tech alum and we had a similar (overtime) win against gt…nail biters are the best, especially when they end up in a victory for your team!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks September 22, 2012, 11:54 pm

    Ooooh FUN! I love festivals like that. What an awesome day, indeed!

  • Kristy September 23, 2012, 12:44 am

    I love fairs/festivals like this. So fun to browse around.

    I’ll bet your husband was happy with that Canes win tonight! =)

  • Lea @ Greens and Coffee Beans September 23, 2012, 8:27 am

    My friend had a fried oreo at the state fair last year, she said it tasted amazing!

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes September 23, 2012, 9:35 am

    I tried a fried Oreo for the first time at the New York State Fair this year–it was delicious! My family split a bag of six, and having one (you know, as opposed to all six) was a smart choice; by the final bite, I could already feel my body reacting to the sugar and fried topping. It was a great treat!

  • Carly September 23, 2012, 9:48 am

    Deep fried Oreos are amazing. The Oreo gets soft and almost rich and melty inside the dough.

    We allow ourselves to have them once a year (they are a staple at the Jersey shore and at various town fairs). I can’t eat more than 2-3….waaaaaaaay too much sugar in one spot.

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 23, 2012, 9:51 am

    Love going to festivals like that!
    I’ve never done an Oreo or a Snickers bar, but I’ve tried a deep fried Mars bar – I like regular Mars bars better, actually!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 23, 2012, 10:16 am

    That looks like a blast! Haha and I LOVE your “fuel”! I actually have had a deep fried oreo! I got it last year at the Illinois State fair, before I stopped eating gluten. Verdict? AMAZING. Haha it really was so ridiculously good.

  • Amy September 23, 2012, 10:46 am

    There is a bar near my house that has deep fried Oreos. SO GOOD. And dangerous.

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 23, 2012, 11:31 am

    Sounds like the perfect afternoon! And no, I haven’t had deep fried Oreos…that could be an addiction waiting to happen. 🙂

  • Brit September 23, 2012, 12:12 pm

    Deep Fried Snickers aren’t actually that good! Disappointing, right? The first bite is delicious, but then the air congeals all the nougat-y goodness and it just tastes like fried yuck.

  • Kim September 23, 2012, 4:28 pm

    Did you guys go to Cantina 1511? 🙂 my sister and I went to the fest last night. It was packed!

  • Sophie @ Threetimesf September 23, 2012, 5:27 pm

    What is a funnel cake?!?!?

  • Sara September 24, 2012, 8:52 am

    Love fried oreos. My husband and I split them each year at the fair!

  • Amber K September 24, 2012, 12:53 pm

    My husbands and I tried a deep-fried Snickers once. It was oddly pretty good. He tried a deep-fried Twinkie, but he said it was really bland and he prefers chocolate-covered ones instead.

  • liz October 3, 2012, 11:12 am

    that is exactly how we feed the babe! propped up on a pillow!

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