Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Fair

Last weekend Neill and I, along with my cousin and her gentleman, made a trip to my home town for the Stanislaus County Fair. Now, it's easy to romanticize the fair (especially with the ├╝ber cool Hiptamatic camera app on my phone), what with its carnival rides and games and general rural goodness. But in actuality, it's usually extremely hot (the 100's this year), pretty filthy (including the air, if there happens to be a tractor pull going on), and filled with many an unsavory character. Regardless, no summer is complete without it. The best part? The food, of course.

So we put on our Western garb...




And started with the animals, raised by the various 4-H groups in the county: piggies...


goats...


cows...


bunnies...


and birds.


Heidi (my cousin) has dreams of being a 4-H girl herself.


In my opinion, the very best fair food is served at the VFW booth. Their cheeseburgers rival In-n-Out's, I swear.


Mmm...


We played some games,


and rode the Ferris Wheel.






The home arts section of the exhibit hall was a little sparse this year, but I thought this first place crocheted cardigan was adorable.


My other favorite food item is the pie from the Latif's booth (HA! Latif's has a Yelp page!!).

(This was after the 4-H milkshakes. Piggies.)

We headed back to the car at around 10pm exhausted, full, and sweaty (it was still 100 degrees), just like every other year. I love how some things never change. :)

16 comments:

Thea said...

Sounds awesome. I love the white trash fairs myself! We like to Count the Carnies.

There's one fair here where you put wheels on a big vegetable from the bin (carrot, zucchini, ear or corn) and then race them down a chute.

I never seem to win.

Julie said...

looks like so much fun!! Mayer you should enter the home arts exhibit next year? I'm sure you'd win the blue ribbon!

ColorSlut said...

Great photos and I love the app. Thanks for posting the link to it. Fairs are always so much fun!

CanarySanctuary said...

Wow - so fun! Reminds me how much fun fairs are. Hope to go to my hometown's this year.

The Paskins said...

L.O.V.E. the fair.

You said it best: it's really gross and dirty and brings out some, er, interesting people...but it's so, so awesome.

peaknits said...

The fair is a little sketchy - but gosh, it just reminds me of childhood! What gorgeous pictures - I love the hiptomatic app.

Siga said...

Love the pictures! The fair looks like great fun.

Delia said...

I'm in Fresno and have always made a point of going to the good ol' fair... even when I lived in Santa Barbara and it took me 8 hours round-trip to get back here! The tacos alone made the trip worth it.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

An accurate description of a day at the fair - LOL Looks like you had a perfect day :)

Isn't a fabulous "shack shake" style hamburger THE best part of Summer?

Aline said...

Love your boots!
craft exhibits are so fun, I love to admire all the quilts...and the best treats :)
now I'm hungry for a candy apple!

the Lady said...

Oh, I love the fair. One of my favorite things in life.

Brig said...

We missed the 4H fair this year :( Love the pictures!

Lolly said...

what a day! love the animal photos up top. Looks like a lot of fun ;)

hibou said...

I love how this reads almost like a children's book! Man, that app is pretty.

a friend to knit with said...

totally FUN! SUMMER fun!
and your pics are PERFECT!
(you could make some postcards out of them.... especially the ferris wheel one!)

a friend to knit with said...

totally FUN! SUMMER fun!
and your pics are PERFECT!
(you could make some postcards out of them.... especially the ferris wheel one!)