Fairs, Festivals … and mud volleyball?

One thing I like about living in Ohio is that there always a fair, festival, or other local event (always involving food!) to attend.

For example, last summer, Brandon and I attended  the Lima “Square Fair” and the Wapak “Moon Festival.”


We also met up with friends at the Kentucky State Fair.


In the fall, we picked pumpkins and drank cider at a fall festival in Dayton.


Our winter was a little busy with wedding planning and such … but this summer, we have attended more food-related events than I ever thought possible!



This weekend, we’ve been busy attending more fairs and festivals. 

Friday night was “Bremen-Fest” … a festival in the tiny town of New Bremen.

We met up with a bunch of Brandon’s co-workers and had a great time talking, listening to music, and (of course) eating.


(I Red heartpulled-pork sandwiches.)

I really wanted ice cream, but I was sad to discover that they didn’t have any!!  Of course, they did have plenty of these …


… but my stomach wasn’t up for another fried Twinkie quite yet. Winking smile

Fortunately, our friends Ali and Brandon were generous enough to share some of their funnel cake with us.


One thing I found interesting about “Bremen-Fest” was this:


Mud volleyball. 

That’s right.  People actually choose to get soaked in mud while competing in a volleyball tournament.  And evidently, there was a waiting list to get on the mud-volleyball teams!

I wish we could have been around to see this event take place!!  But sadly, the tournament was on Saturday, so we missed it. 

Has anyone ever been a part of an event like this??  I’m completely fascinated.


After a few more pictures …



… it was time to hit the road.  We were having a great time, but we knew that we had to get up super-early to start driving to Kentucky for the STATE FAIR!! Smile

I’ll be talking about the Kentucky State Fair tomorrow.  It was another fun time with lots of food, friends, and farm animals. Smile with tongue out

Question for ya …

Have you ever seen (or participated in) a mud volleyball game??

What have you been up to this weekend?


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16 Responses to Fairs, Festivals … and mud volleyball?

  1. Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health

    So much fun! I went to Miami U in Ohio and they did mud volleyball for frat and sorority events sometimes! I never participated, bc I suck at volleyball haha. Hope you have an awesome Sunday :)

    • notsodomesticated

      It’s funny you say that because my husband went to Ohio Northern and he said that he did mud volleyball there! :P Too funny!

  2. Donna @ Life of a Happy Blonde

    Seriously i’m a klutz to begin with put me in a pool of mud and i’ll face plant immediately, lol!!! Love how many fun events you have been too this year, i’m hoping to make it to a few over the labour day weekend :)
    Have a great drive!!!

    • notsodomesticated

      Well I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of fun things you get into over Labor Day!! :)

  3. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    mm! Funnel cakes were my favorite carnival food as a child– I hope you enjoyed one in my honor :)

    I’ve never even HEARD of mudvolleyball!

    • notsodomesticated

      I hadn’t heard of it either. It must be a northern thing?!

  4. Jordan

    oh my gosh what a fun weekend!! i love state fairs. definitely mostly for the food :) your outfits are SO cute! i love that blue skirt in the top picture and the one in the bottom!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Jordan! Those skirts are great because the wide band of elastic hides your expanded waist as you indulge in your favorite fair foods haha! ;)

  5. TheCookieBoss

    I’ve always wanted to try a deep-fried snickers or something! Those fairs and festivals are so cute and look like so much fun! But I sure haven’t been playing any mud volleyball. This weekend I’ve been getting ready for school.

    • notsodomesticated

      I’ve been hearing that the deep-fried Oreos are the best. But I haven’t tried those yet! :P

  6. Sarah @ Simply Dove

    I love going to fairs! I’m a people watcher so I always have a blast! Plus, who doesn’t love fair food?!

    PS – Recently found your blog! Love it! :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Sarah!! :) Glad you are enjoying it!

  7. Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart

    I love going to fairs too! Always something to do! This weekend was really just relaxing..a perfect way to end a busy week!

    • notsodomesticated

      Relaxing sounds great … I’m hoping next weekend will be a little more relaxing for us! :)

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  9. Bob

    I also went to Miami U back in the dark ages (early 80′s), and someone in our Fraternity though it would be a good idea to have an indoor mud wrestling tournament in our dining hall. They covered the tile floor with inches of wet mud.

    It was a real hoot, with the little sisses of the Fraternity rolling around in the mud. But the mess was tremendous, and lasted for YEARS. Yeah, mix alcohol with 20 year old guys and a LEASED house, and you end up with some strange results.

    I also enjoyed Bremenfest this past weekend. I took 2 photos at the event, and one of them was almost identical to the photo you took – Deep Fried Oreos, Twinkies, and Snickers! (the sign below it also offers deep fried vegetables. – presumably to satisfy Michelle Obama’s push toward more nutrition.) Oreos and Twinkies, ok. But Snickers? that’s just gluttonous.

    I wanted to buy one just to say I did – and maybe to give my cholesterol medicine something to do.

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