For the first time ever, I took the kids to the Alameda County Fair. We went on no ride. I wanted them to see the animals, exhibits, clown shows, balloon animal makers, horse races, and dog shows, and most of all I just plain wanted them to enjoy the fair. Without rides. (And without the $120 price tag of rides.) We saw so many entertaining things! I am not a fair person. I have purposely avoided it because of this. However, I recently saw Charlotte's Web (long ago I read the book) and thought, well, maybe it's not just about the rides. Maybe there is more to the fair than just rides. And, I am happy to report, there was much more to the county fair than just rides.