TC Cherry Fest 2012: Jackson Hits the Midway

The past six weeks have been a whirlwind of trips and visitors.ย  Before I pay homage to the great company we’ve kept over the past month and a half, I have to take a moment to gush about something else entirely.

You see, the Cherry Festival is in town this week and a few days ago I got to share the joy of the Midway with Jackson ๐Ÿ™‚ย  When Cherry Fest was in swing last year, we cruised the carnival strip and it was evident even then that my little boy was enamored with the bright lights and excitement that the fair rides and treats have to offer.ย  Well, this year Jackson was tall enough to ride (by a mere inch or two, at best) and he got to really experience it all for the very first time.

Traverse City Cherry Festival Midway

As we approached the downtown festival, Jackson pointed to a simple, toddler-sized motorcycle loop (thank goodness!) as our starting point for excitement, but I still couldn’t help but feel a pang of worry wondering how he’d react to experiencing his first fair ride solo (no room for parents).ย  Well – the kid never once hesitated.ย  From the first ride, to the ferris wheel, to the swings ride that Heather had to convince me to let him go on – this kid exhibited nothing but bravery all evening longย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Jackson on the Ferris Wheel

Throw in some decadent fair food, sweets, a nice bay breeze and the world’s coolest (and perhaps loudest) laser-pointer-fiber-optic sword as a take-home prize, and you’ve got what amounted to a pretty perfect evening and first-festival experience. I don’t think that Jackson will remember much of this, but I know I sure will.

Here are a few pics from our Mother and Son (and Aunt Heather!) bonding adventure. Those that know Jackson best know that his stoicism frequently belies how much he’s actually enjoying something, but I dare say I may see a smile or two captured hereย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

PS – Thank you, Heather, for helping me document some of these moments!

PPS – Accompanying TC airshow pics here and classic car pics here for those that are interested.

Jackson's First Ride

Jackson’s First Ride

Tri-Colored Slide

Tri-Colored Slide

View from the Ferris Wheel

View from the Ferris Wheel

Merry-Go-Round

Merry-Go-Round

Celebrating Bravery on the Swings

Celebrating Bravery on the Swings

Brave Boy Swinging

Brave Boy Swinging

Jess & Jackson

Jess & Jackson

All Aglow Eating Ice Cream

All Aglow Eating Ice Cream

Jackson & Heather

Jackson & Heather

we ran through sprinklers on the way home :)

we ran through sprinklers on the way home ๐Ÿ™‚

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8 thoughts on “TC Cherry Fest 2012: Jackson Hits the Midway

  1. Tara says:

    What a lovely blog. Thanks!

  2. Theresa White says:

    Looks like the very best fair experience ever!!!!! And I see quite a few smiles from Jackson!
    Love to everybody, Mama

  3. Linda Clifton says:

    What a great day! We love all the photos! A wonderful memory for Mommy and son!

  4. Heather says:

    So glad I could accompany you ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, very proud of you for letting him ride the swings! AND, glad we escaped the excitement at the end unscathed.

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