"We will see rides. We will not go on rides.
We will see sometimes food. We will not buy sometimes food.
We will see toys. We will not buy toys.
We will see treats. We will not spend money on treats.
We are there to listen to music."
Our oldest offspring got a bit teary-eyed listening to our chant, but surprisingly we managed to stick to our guns without much fuss (especially for children up well past their bed time).
We didn't plan what bands to see. I rarely recognize musicians by name, and only occasionally by music. So we traveled from stage to stage, catching the middle of one show, the end of another, the beginning of another. Joined by our friends Columbia, Garrett and Zoe, we enjoyed the banjo stylings of Old Man Ludecke, the rocking punk TheGoodFridays, and the popular-because-they're-on-the-radio Big Sugar.
It didn't matter what the music was. I had a great time dancing with William and Jadzia. I held their hands and spun around, I picked them up and hugged and swayed, they moved to the music in crazy kid ways. At one point, we were on the big screen. By the time Big Sugar started playing it was well past the kids' bedtime and the crowd left little room to dance and spin. So we went home.
We'll likely go back tomorrow after soccer. Maybe we'll see you there.