We saw many signs telling us about the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville since we got up to Tennessee. So we decided to check it out. There was a lot to do and while you can’t beat the 9/11 memorial they had, it was one of the smaller state fairs I have been too but the kids had a blast!
We went on Tuesday during their promotion of bring in canned food and get in for $2 it saved us $24! Plus they had food for $2 and every ride was only $2 as well!
Then the first thing I see reminded be in my face that we were in the south and YUM!!
The best part of the whole day is my 2 year old (who will be 3 in just a few weeks!!) FINALLY wanted to ride rides, the last year she REFUSED!! Take a look at the smile on her face!
She had a blast riding other rides with my son
My oldest daughter had a blast too!
Then we had to get some snacks. We headed to get my all time favorite carnival food ever!
Deep Fried Oreos. YUM. Next we headed over to the 9/11 memorial.
They had many emergency vehicles displayed and then a trailer with the history of 9/11
This memorial was run by the Tunnel to Towers foundation. The foundation was started by the family of a firefighter who died while trying to rescue people out of the World Trade Centers. Stephen’s story is he was off duty heard the call on his scanner rushed back to his crew had already left, he head toward the towers gets stuck in gridlock at the Brooklyn Tunnel. He straps on his 60lbs of gear and runs through the tunnel to the towers then dies saving others, a true hero.
The foundation holds a 5K run every year among other ways to raise money to help build houses for amputee war veterans! They have many other ways they help out around the country!
We then sat down with our kids and explained a bit more about 9/11, hubby and I both remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when 9/11 happened.
After that we made our way back into the fair and hubby then saw this
He said he HAD to try the deep fried Swiss cake rolls.
He says they were amazing, I personally like mine frozen. We walked around some more then then hit up some homemade ice cream.
They make the ice cream with a diesel motor and the whole contraption was made by the Amish. It was AMAZING!
On the way out we let the kids mine for gem stones.
They loved washing the dirt away and seeing the colors of their gems
They were so excited to show off their gems.
This wrapped up the fair we made our way back to the car enjoying the live music.