Our afternoon started on the midway, where before long our heads felt all pink-edged and fuzzy with the heady aroma of saturated fats. Intrepid toddlers and tumblers (not ours, mind you) made their way through the Hillbilly Village funhouse while grown-ups on their way to the vintage auto show were entertained by the Celtic-Queen players. More astute spectators were taken with the festival’s very own changeable tin man. Hungry festival-goers could enjoy the usual midway fare–blooming onions, turkey drumsticks, even sugar-free lemonade (really, why bother?)–but we opted for Grumpy’s BBQ, a rich pulled pork sandwich slathered in a tomato-based sauce. Yum.
Afterwards we followed most of a scenic loop through Pike Lake. Our out-of-date directions led us pretty far astray, but not before we’d had our fill of early fall’s foliage. Situated in camping-friendly Pike Lake State Park, Pike Lake provides paddleboats, rowboats and canoes for the paddling-inclined, shaded picnic grounds with a water view, and a general store. The surrounding hills shone faded green and brilliant gold with flashes of crimson (unlike our neighborhood in Cincinnati, where trees are mostly brown with summer’s drought). Certainly fall is on its way.