Friday, July 30, 2010

Kickapoo Country Fair Weekend!

What a great day we spent on Sunday at the fair. It never disappoints. So many things to do and see that we can't fit them all in in a few hours time. One of these years we will be living our dream & be able to go to the fair both days.
 The highlight of the day was seeing Michael Perry in the Word Tent. That is where the authors speak about their books. We've seen others in the past, but Michael Perry was by far the funniest. If you have read his books, you know what I mean. He has written Population 495: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, Truck: A Love Story, Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs & Parenting as well as an essay collection, Off Main Street.
Michael Perry

Not only does he write, he has a great band. Later in the afternoon, Michael Perry & the Long Beds played for an hour on the main stage. We ended up buying his two CD's and listened to them all the way back to Illinois. During our book signing turn, he remarked on how we must be from Chicago due to the accent. He is a Wisconsin boy, but I didn't notice his accent :-)

Michael Perry & the Long Beds

In between the Word Tent & the band we walked around and looked at the displays, old tractors, baby animals and ate some great food. A company from Wisconsin called Xperience Green had a great product on display. They are solar powered warm air heaters. Check out their website. We are keeping this in mind for the farm.

After walking around & eating veggie egg rolls and drinking fresh lemonade, it was nice to sit down & be entertained by the band.
It was a very "up" day for us. Steve made the comment "We belong up here. We need to live here soon." I really needed to hear that. With so much going on this spring and so little getting done at the farm, Steve has been very stressed out. When stress enters your life & consumes you, it is hard to think about the present let alone the future and hard to be happy. I am always reminding him that what you think about is what will come to pass, so think about our dream of moving to the farm in the rolling hills of Wisconsin.  


The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I´ve heard about Michael Perry before, but I can´t remember what it was all about :-)

Those panels is said to work great! They apparently works good even up here in the north.

I became a totally different person when I moved out here. I almost never feel stressed any more :-)
Have a great day now!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if I've heard of Michael Perry. None of the Titles strike a bell with me. Glad you had a great time at the fair. The solar panels look pretty neat. They are becoming more popular I think. You see more and more of them popping up on roofs around here...debbie

angie said...

Hi Barb,

I'm a big fan of Michael Perry. I saw him read live in Oak Park several years ago - I thought it was a hoot.

We thought about going to the fair this year - it is one of our favs. However, we decided to stay and work - we will go to fairs when we live there.

I love the comment that Steve made. Bill and I feel the exact same way. It is so easy to get distracted by the day to day craziness.