Weekend Fun by Mae
My weekends can go one of three ways. Some weekends are dull as a rock, sitting on my butt watching cat videos for two days straight. Other weeks I am a busy bee, running around over fifty miles or more away from home. Then there’s the weekends I spend doing one of the above with Bubbles. Considering that, it is no surprise that I have been to many of the recent events going on in our state. This includes; Septemberfest in Oklahoma City, OU vs Tulsa football game in Norman, and of course, the State Fair of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. They were all super fun in their own unique way, making me more than happy to go again next year.
In 2007 I went to Septemberfest for the first time. It was a different kind of experience that I had no intention of forgetting. There was a lot of excitement in the air as I rode the tractor train with other kids my age. I walked along in front of the Governor’s Mansion, stopping to pet the Governor Brad Henry’s huge dog. There was free stuff everywhere, and craft tables inside the Oklahoma History Museum. The only part I didn’t like was the civil war cannon with a blast that shook the ground. (They could have told me what they were doing!!!) But even this wasn’t going to ruin my fun. I went again this year, this time with my friend Bubbles. Just when I expected everything to be the same, Bubbles asked, ” What’s with the fence?” I looked up to see that nothing was around the Governor’s Mansion. As it turns out the festivities were moved across NW 23rd Street to the parking lot of the Oklahoma History Center. They had a petting zoo, where I held a baby duck, pet a donkey, and touched a horses nose. Bubbles had a good time too, as me and her talked to and pet the fur-bearing creatures. We wandered over to the food company area, getting free samples such as chocolate milk and beef sticks (Which are awesome!!!). We went into the Oklahoma History Center to try some of the craft stuff, where we made a deer out of cups, and raccoon puppets out of paper bags. When we were done in there, we went back out the parking lot to the Shape Your Future challenge table. Bubbles decided not to do the challenges, but I dominated them. We stopped to get some Kona Ice before we left.
The bathrooms were in the Oklahoma History Center, they were clean. My bathroom review for Septemberfest is five toilets.
Mae riding in the barrel train at Septemberfest in 2007.
I started playing the clarinet for my school band in sixth grade, and ever since then I have wanted to be in the Pride Of Oklahoma at The University of Oklahoma. So when we got the opportunity to go to the OU vs.Tulsa game in Norman, I jumped to it because I wanted to hear the Pride in person. Before the game the Pride parades around campus, then gives a brief concert. There’s nothing better than hearing “Boomer Sooner” being played by over 300 musicians. Over at the stadium me and my mom found our seats in the south end zone after we stopped and got some lunch. The hot dogs, also known as Ballpark Dogs or Stadium Dogs, are and always have been the crowning jewel of an OU game. The Super Pretzels aren’t bad either, despite being extremely salty. OU scored the first touchdown, and even if we did win, I still think the Tulsa players where slipping fifties to the refs for some of those plays. Both bands did an amazing job. For such a small band Tulsa did a very good job. The game itself was an experience in its own right, and the atmosphere was one of excitement and pride. I am truly excited to be a part of the Sooner Nation.
I used not one but two bathrooms while I was on campus, the library bathroom and the south end zone stadium bathroom. The library bathroom was in the newer section but still kind of small. The bathroom in the south end zone was clean and smelled nice, even being used by so many people. My rating for both bathrooms is five toilets.
The Pride of Oklahoma on Owen Field, 2015.
I have been going to the fair every year since I was just a few months old. My parents like to go when the crowds are low, so this year we went on a rainy Sunday morning. The rides weren’t operating because of the lightning, but everything else was open. I had deep-fried cookie dough for breakfast, which is my new favorite thing. It is crispy on the outside, but warm and gooey on the inside. Most of the buildings had fun stuff inside them. We went into the livestock barns, where a sheep scared me (sorry, I’m a city girl). We also watched the cows in the show ring and saw the new babies born to the goats and pigs.
I did use the bathroom in the animal barn, it only rates three toilets. It’s big but was dirty and smelled bad.
Cute sheep at the fair, 2015.