Monday, August 31, 2009

Hippo goes to the Fair - Part One

One of my absolute most favorite things in the whole world is my annual visit to the county fair!

It gets kind of crowded, so you have to remember where you park. Luckily, I got VIP parking in the "H is for Hippo" row, so it was easy to remember.

I watched people make things, like the chainsaw sculpture of a piggy. I wonder if Santa would bring me a chainsaw for Christmas so I can make one, too?

And there are all kinds of competitions to enter, like sewing, baking, flower arranging, vegetable growing, and a lot more! ...Suddenly, I'm really hungry for a tomato sandwich.

There are even funny competitions like toilet decorating. I like the googly toilet.

I even entered a photo of a very handsome and adorable little hippo in the Arts, Crafts, and Photography department. I didn't win, but the fun part is entering and having things displayed all week.

Of course, no visit to the fair is complete without a snack! I just wish my staff would wait until after I wipe my snout before they take my picture.

And don't forget the carnival!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Red Cross Hippo

The same day I visited Glen Echo Park, I stopped to learn a little about the American Red Cross by visiting founder Clara Barton's house.

I didn't get any photos inside because I didn't want to damage the historical stuff with the camera flash, but I read all about Clara Barton, her house, and her work while I waited for the tour to start. You can see a virtual tour.

I also learned about first aid after I got itchy from the poison ivy.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


One day this summer, I went to Glen Echo Park just to ride the merry-go-round. This one is a very nifty and historic Dentzel Carousel built in 1921.

There are all kinds of cool animals you can ride – bunnies, tigers, giraffes, ostriches, and – of course – horses.

I really wanted to ride a bunny, but some other kids got there first, so I found a friendly looking horse. It was kind of tall for a little hippo like me, so my staff had to give me a boost.

Glen Echo has a lot of other fun things to do, too!

I also went to some of the galleries to look at a lot of art and had an ice cream cone, but I didn't stay for dancing at the Spanish Ballroom (although hippos loooooove to boogie). I'll have to plan another trip!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009