It seemed like not long ago when Amy and I went to our first State Fair together around this time last year. It was a fun experience and it was something that we would not mind going to every year as the Fall season begin to roll in with the crisp air, lack of humidity, and the changing scenery. I personally prefer a good Oktoberfest to kick off this season (most people like to think of Football as their opener), but nothing like a good Oktoberfest or Pumpkin Ale to get my season started.
Like every year, the State Fair took place about 1 hour and 40 minutes from Northern Virginia (or 20 minutes North of Richmond, however you want to look at it) in a town called Doswell, which is also the home of King’s Dominion. The Fair organizers take a large piece of the fairgrounds which turns out to be a prime location for any outdoor fair activities.
Amy and I arrived around 4:30pm and we had to remember that the sun was setting sooner than the summer, but we were lucky that the weather was warm and the sun was still bright. It was also the perfect time to test out my newly acquired (second hand) Leica Summilux-M 35mm FLE and test its abilities.
We’ve ended the day with our wallets lighter through various games (Amy won a gerbil but I lost out on trying to win a giant sloth), compared to last year where we had spent most of our money on food. Priorities definitely had shifted this year. Regardless, nothing beats spending time with your loved ones on a beautiful day. With with final semester of my MBA starting the following week, there is nothing else I would rather do to spend my last free weekend than with her.