If you have been reading the Willow's Cottage blog for very long, you will know that even if I don't post anything else during a week, I will write about my favorite things from the week and link up to Susanne's blog Living to Tell the Story and her Friday Fave Fives. This edition of Willow's Week for Friday Fave Fives features A day at the County Fair. This is a recurring theme each year. I love our county fair. It calls itself "The Country Fair with an Ocean Air" because the fairgrounds are literally across the street from the beach and the Pacific Ocean. Who wouldn't love that?
Usually I work the first fair day doing demonstrations of spinning in the Agricultural Building at our guild booth (Ventura County Handweavers and Spinners Guild). It was busy the whole time I was there. People love to stop and watch us weave and spin and they ask so many questions. My answers? "No, it's not really a lost art." "Everything you are wearing right now as gone through this same process--just using a large mechanized and industrialized method. But truthfully, nothing is fundamentally different than it was hundreds and thousands of years ago."
We get free tickets for working the fair and since I work the first day which is Dollar Day, we just pay our dollar each and save those free tickets to attend another day when I'm not working.
This year the fair was extra fun for me because my sister-in-law joined us. Normally, she avoids the fair's crowds like everyone there has the plague or lice or at least the flu. It was a treat for me to share my love of the fair with her.
The Professor enjoys listening to the music acts on the smaller stages. One performer has been returning for several years and we will sit and listen to Brady Goss sing. We love his style and I love that he's from my home state Oregon.
Do you love the fair? What's your favorite thing?