So after pigging out as much as possible, we headed over for an enjoyable evening to explore the farm. This is more of an agricultural farm with a minature horse, donkeys, cow, fish, a big dog, chickens, and some cats that were not to be found. (Emma was looking for the cats). We enjoyed the beautiful weather and sitting outside till evening when we headed into sleep. We got up in the morning and did some local shopping at the Re-Uzit Store, 2 giant floors of stuff! while the guys went to the Sporting Goods Shop. This is all in the little town of New Holland, we've made some big purchases in this little town, including our big van, which we bought years ago out there at 4-Way Auto Sales. Then we at a huge lunch and made a stop over in Lancaster at a few of our favorite shops. Kitchen Kettle Village was one of those stops where we went to buy snickerdoodles (do you think we like to eat??) and the leather store where Steve bought his new cowboy hat you see below. He always wears one when he's volunteering at the fair. Then we drove on to our hotel.
We rarely stay at the same hotel in Harrisburg, but this time I believe we will be repeating our stay at the Country Inn & Suites. It was a lovely hotel that served, you guessed it!, choc. chip cookies in the lobby! and a full hot breakfast in the a.m. They had a nice pool and fitness room (which I did check out & use, seeing as how we were eating so much!!). The price was super reasonable for all that was included. Steve says we will be staying here again unless the rates jump tremendously We headed to bed early as we had to be up at 6a.m. so we could be at the Farm Show Complex by 7:30 a.m.
We had a wonderful day, looking at books upon books! seeing Doug Phillips, Ken Ham, and some other wonderful folks. Then we headed back to the hotel and ordered pizza with our friends the Emslie's. Now that meant that there were 11 of us eating together in the lobby! We asked if we could go to a conf. room or the breakfast area and they said no they were closed but we were welcome to eat there. So we sprawled out our giant pizzas and took over the couches and ate. Then it was more swimming and to bed early to get up and repeat the day. We stayed till the traditional American Girl Doll drawing was over at 1:00 and then decided we could go ahead and start home rather than stay till the fair ended at 5:00.
It was a wonderful trip and went way to fast as do most trips. I'm enjoying looking through my purchases today.
|Feeding the cows|
|Emma, Ruby & Stephen|
|Ruby & Jez, Ruby throwing a rock in to get her to dive for it!|
|Jez rolling on the rock she dove for|
|The upstairs of the bed and breakfast|
|The downstairs of the bed & breakfast|
|Stephen feeding the chickens some grass|
|Emma & Jez|
|Taken from the car obviously|
|At the hotel in Harrisburg|
|oops out of order! breakfast at the B&B|
|lol! Steve's strike a pose, working security at the CHAP Fair|
|the new entry to the fair, see all the crates and suitcases ready to be filled|
|Show me your wristbands!|
|Ruby ready to go to church at Valley Chapel & Stables|
|After church checking out the horses|