Meet Me At the Ventura County Fair!
I love county fairs. I used to work in a booth at the Washington County and Clackamas County Fairs in Oregon and later branched out to work at a county fair in Washington and I even worked at the Oregon State Fair for a couple of years. I guess you could say that carnie blood pulses through my veins. Whenever I see a fair sign I feel like I just have to go!
I love most everything about the fairs. I love the horrible, greasy food. I'll eat it at the fair once a year. Don't tell my doctor. And really, I don't think it's great in a local organic food sort of way. But once a year? Yeah, I gotta eat it.
I enjoy watching people ride on the merry go round and the ferris wheel. I don't go on the rides myself, but maybe in a year or two I'll take the New Boy on the merry go round.
Bungie jumping? Uhhh, no.
I love the exhibit halls. I was really pleased to see that our local farmers market had a booth.
The Professor likes to walk through the commercial halls and watch the booth vendors do their magic talk-without-breathing tricks, convincing people to part with their money for the short lived thrill of owning those things they never knew they wanted or needed until those glib salesmen tell them they do.
I always head straight for the home arts building. This year I entered three of my knitted items in the competition.
The aran sweater I designed and knitted for the knitting guild master hand knitting certification won a blue ribbon! And it also got a judge's choice award!
We looked and looked for Bunny and finally found her, our sweet little Eleanor Elizabeth, in among the baby things-caps, booties and layettes-in a glass case. There she was, proudly displaying her blue ribbon!
The beaches blanket earned a red (2nd place) ribbon. I didn't get a photo of it as it was tucked away in the back of a case filled with folded afghans and blankets.
What fascinated the New Boy?
His grandpa showed him the model trains!
Every fair I've ever visited on the West Coast of America has a carving of Smokey the Bear. He was there in the state parks display reminding everyone as he has for as long as I can remember that 'Only YOU can prevent forest fires.'
We had a great time at the fair! There was so much to see--the gardens, the flower exhibits, 4H and FFA barns. The photography building! Oh yes! I spent an hour in the photography building. We stayed until the New Boy was tired and then we took the shuttle back to Ventura Harbor where we'd parked our car. I can't wait until next year!