Today it was hard getting up. In fact, I laid in bed until the last possible minute before getting up for church. Last night we were out at the Greeley Stampede and didn’t get home til about 10:30 pm. We’re not really “fair” people, everything seems to be highly overpriced. But we’ve fallen in love with funnel cake, and Scott thought I might get a chance to hear one of the country singers I like. So we ate at Steak n Shake. One of the only two locations in Colorado, and then hit the fair. The last time I ate at a Steak n Shake I was a 17-year-old teenager that had traveled to Florida with my foster parents on a trip to see Rich’s parents for Thanksgiving in either 1998 or 1999. I remember them telling me they were only an east coast chain. While I don’t remember much of the experience because it was 21 years ago, I know I was treated to a shake that was probably amazing.
So when we camped at Jackson Lake state park a month or so back, we discovered it on our drive back to Loveland. I couldn’t believe there was one all the way out here in Colorado. So, of course, I pull up Wikipedia and read that they just recently franchised their business out in 2018 to individual owners. Kinda like how Pizza Huts do that.
At any rate, we ate a fast-food meal at a sit-down restaurant and it was the first time my family ever ate at one. We also kept the evening going with eating unhealthy foods. I mean who goes to the fair to eat healthily? We actually saw a deep fried snickers on the menu at one of the food trucks! But we stuck to the funnel cake with powdered sugar and Nutella drizzled over it. We window shopped at all the little tents, visited the RV’s they were showing off dreaming of an upgrade one day, fantasizing about hot tubs some vendors had lined up, and just walked around seeing all the sites.
Now we decided to go to Greeley Stampede on a whim and didn’t do much planning for it, but I think next year we’ll research which bands will be playing at the fair and actually buy tickets to see them. While I got to see Brett Eldridge on a monitor, I never got to see him on stage because that was securely blocked off to paying patrons. I am a country music fan so next year we will plan better by looking at the Greeley Stampede and Cheyanne’s Frontier days concert playlists and buy tickets accordingly!
Thankfully though, I got to listen to four songs outside the arena before bad weather looked like it was going to hit. Also maybe by then, I’ll have some cowboy boots and a cowboy hat! 😉 That was definitely the theme in Greeley and my Texas roots spoke to me all evening! I’m very thankful my husband did something he normally never ever considers doing to give us a night of something different. For starters, my husband hates crowds and traffic. When you combine the two at an event like the fair, it can bring out a really impatient bad side of him, but I never saw that at all light night. He was very generous in letting me hear not just one but four Brett Eldridge songs and enduring the crowds and walking that often hurts his back. I’m very thankful for this little bit of extra love he gave me yesterday. 🙂
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