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We Definitely Got Our Fair Share

July 26, 2011

It’s here!  The fair is in town and we always make it a point to go – even if it’s just for our annual photo strip from the portable photo booth.  But somehow we always manage to stop for a bratwurst and the deep fried du jour.

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OC Fair photo found here

This time around the fair has made a mint off our family.  It’s the first year we ever had to play games and ride rides with a toddler in tow.  And the girl wants one of those cheap stuffed animals like it’s no body’s business.  We dropped no less than fifty-bucks in ten minutes flat on what my FIL calls “rigged” games and a roller coaster ride that left my poor husband with a pinched nerve in his lower back.
  

I personally like to go for the arts and crafts exhibits.  My favorite is the competition exhibits, especially the “table-scapes.”  The best ones this year were a themed “Wizard of Oz” table for kids and a “Welcome Home” military heroes table.  I secretly want to enter next year!  I’ve got an idea brewing already. 
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Top row: Live, Eat, Grow exhibit. Military table-scape. Vintage EZ Bake Oven.  
Middle row: Garden boxes.  Handmade wooden chair.  Wine cork wreath (I’m so making this but without the tacky Christmas clutter).  


Bottom row: Emerald City table-scape details.  Lovely orange apron from the Plant Stand in Costa Mesa (must have).  Upcycled piano. 

This year the exhibits showcased a ton of recycled and sustainable themed displays too.  Put any kind of flowers, vegetable plants, or herbs in a wooden wine box or piano, for that matter, and you’ve sold this girl.  Swoon.

I also adore seeing the farm animals.  Stinky, yes, but so sweet and cute.  However, I could have gone without seeing a sign that read “raised for meat” above the pigs.  I mean, I know that pulled pork sandwich I bought and ate two aisles over from the barn is from a pig, but ignorance is bliss, right?




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Baby chicks, baby cows, baby sheep, baby pigs – oh my!




I thought the same thing while visiting the cows, turkeys, and pigs in the market section of the fair.  It really all just bummed me out and I’m actually  considering attempting vegetarianism again. 


The fair is in town until mid-August and we’re already two visits in with one more planned this week.  Does a fair come to your town?  What’s your favorite thing about it?

All photos are mine expect where given credit.  The Plant Stand in Costa Mesa doesn’t know me.  I just fell in love with all their products on display at the fairgrounds.  
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