A Day at the Fair

We have two major fairs in our area.  The big slick one is The Puyallup.  The smaller (probably more authentic one) is the Evergreen State Fair. We just call it the Redneck Fair.   Shaun, being the fun loving guy that he is, fully believes that we have to go to both fairs. Every. Single. Year.    

Against my wishes, we made plans to go to the  Redneck Fair last weekend.  I wasn’t too concerned about it as because of major night owl hours we’ve been keeping this summer.  A late morning, coupled with rainy skies virtually guaranteed that we would just blow it off.  Much to my amazement the sun came out and entire family was out of bed and ready to go before noon.  (That’s pretty good for us!)

So off we went to the fair. 

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We went through the rinky dink gate and handed over most of our cash to get in.  We’d planned on paying with debit, but we found out that it’s cash only.  (See the sign up there?)

The first thing we saw upon entering was a display of old, rusty tractors.  Shaun was quite excited and didn’t understand our lack of enthusiasm.  It wasn’t until he pouted that “Grandpa would look at them with me” that we agreed to oogle the tractors.  (Dad, you owe me for that!)

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Oooo, a rusty old tractor!

Then we headed towards the pig races to meet up with some friends.  I have to admit that I have a secret love for pig races.  They are just so stinkin’ cute

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You’ve heard the phrase “when pigs fly”? Well, that little guy in the upper left corner looks like he’s flying to me!

We got to visit farm animals in their stalls

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This particular stallion could only whinney if he used his hands hoofs.

We got to ride the rides

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Notice how gray the skies were getting again.  It didn’t rain too much.

And meet new friends.

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Then we hit the food row.  I searched in vain for some of the um…delicacies I keep hearing about.  Things like deep-fried Twinkies and Snickers.  Not that I wanted one, I just needed to see how awful they looked.  Instead we found the usual corn dogs and polish sausage.  Walla Walla onion burger, yakisoba  and teriyaki.  There was even a veggie stir-fry and grilled ears of corn for our little vegan.

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For the sweet tooth, we could fill up on cotton candy, candy apples, smoothies, and/or lattes.  But what everyone really seems to crave here are scones. 

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I personally don’t get it.  A Fair Scone tastes like a biscuit with strawberry jam to me.  I’d much rather have the ooey gooey cinnamon rolls that we lined up for at the fair in Southern California.  Oh well…

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I was quite happy with my freshly made kettle corn.  YUM!


Isn’t this a great trash can? 

All in all it was a wonderful day at the fair.  I hate to admit when Shaun is right about something (Not really, but it would be nice if he were wrong sometimes.) but he was right that we would all have a great time at the fair. 

I can’t help but plot how I’m going to get out of going to the Puyallup though…

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28 Responses to A Day at the Fair

  1. Stephanie says:

    I haven’t been to the Evergreen State Fair in years. We always go to the “mini Puyallup” in April. They do a spring fair that is a little smaller and saner and usually not crowded at all. I totally prefer that to the one that is going on this time of year. Yick. Too many people!!!!

  2. Cazzie says:

    Great images…and it looks like such fun too 🙂

  3. Kari says:

    Thank you so much for taking us along on your trip to the fair. I’m sincerely hoping that, once I show him all these pictures and read him the story (in a very musical, narrative voice) my husband will no longer feel the need to torture me with all that pitiful “can we go, can we go?? huh? huh?” talk come “fair time” here in our town.

    Oh and yes – should something go terribly wrong with the entrie blogging community’s karma and I win the giveaway at Peeking Thru the Sunflowers – the bumble bee plate is YOURs, baby. lol But don’t get your hopes up. “Winning” contests is just NOT what I do…

  4. nikki says:

    Oh my gosh, I want a little pig now….Oh wait I have a three year old. Never mind.

  5. Kell says:

    Walla Walla onion burger, yakisoba and teriyaki? That’s a fancy fair! You make me want to go back to ours–I forgot to get a lemonade and kettle corn!

    Great pictures, too!

  6. Mojokat says:

    Sounds and looks like you all had a great time. The piggies are adorable! I think the airpack should be a disqualification, though ;-P!

    Fair food rocks…but only about once or twice a year…I love the corndogs and cotton candy, though. MMMMM!

    Thanks for sharing your fun day with us!

  7. susan…you are making my deprived, healthy-eating mouth water thinking about fair food!

    this is a great photo memory…thank you for sharing – i am especially fond of the whinnying stallion!! that poor guy!

  8. prettyinthecity.biz says:

    Oh the pigs were cute…. ha ha. What a great moment you had with your family;p

  9. Thanks for taking us to the fair with you! It was fun!! The pigs are definitely the cutest little things. I need to suggest a pig race for our local fair.

  10. Jenster says:

    Looks like fun!!! I felt like I was there. :o)

    And now I’m hungry, but I don’t have anything in the house that looks quite so yummy!

  11. Those pigs are too cute! It really looked like it was flying, too.

  12. Karina says:

    What a great post! I loved all the pictures to go along with the story! Thanks for sharing.

    I wish there was a Redneck Fair in my area, I’d love to go!! Tell Shaun I’d go look at the tractors with him, I love that old stuff!

  13. MikeM says:

    Great pictures!! Great post!

  14. Lynne says:

    …here piggy, piggy…
    I think they were having fun!

    Aw, Susan, come on; confess. You had a great time at the fair and you’ll have another great time at the Puyallup one too!

    Great post!

  15. photowannabe says:

    Love the trash can and flying pigs. I always have the fresh kettle corn, its sooooo good. You made me too hungry reading this post. Not fair, now I have to go have some ice cream…

  16. renate1945 says:

    I never got the thing about scones either. What’s so special about them, I ask. We go to the fair about once every ten years, since neither hubby nor I like crowds. Since we went about three years ago, we’re good for a while.

    The pigs are too cute!

  17. Inshy says:

    Pictures are of great quality. Loved the baby pigs 🙂

  18. Jay says:

    The food at that fair was pretty fancy for a “cash only” joint.

    I don’t know when the fair here is. But, ours is realy small. I didn’t go to the big one up in Springfield or the Arkansas St. Fair either for that matter. I don’t know why they insist on having those things on the hottest days of the year down here.

  19. prov33 says:

    How much fun! Love the pig pics!!
    Nice blog, I just saw it randomly on wordpress.

  20. LB says:

    I wanna go to the Fair!! And those little piggies are so darn cute=:) Did you happen to eat anything on a stick while you were there? LOL.

  21. Cheryl says:

    Great day. Great photos. What kind of camera do you have? I’m in the market for a new one.

  22. Newt says:

    Awww, cute piggies. And I liked the rubber ducks. You guys will have to journey out to the MN State Fair sometime. That’s some food on a stick for you.

    And kettle corn is awesome!

  23. mrs darling says:

    We’re going to the state fair Friday. I love the fair! Great pics!

  24. Joy T. says:

    Great pictures! The one of the pig races is so darn cute. And kettle corn….mmmmmmm.

  25. wolfbaby says:

    it does sound like fun,,, i can’t wait till my kids are old enough to go do that stuff;)

  26. Keshi says:

    awww the piglets r so cute!


  27. Frances says:

    Yummy kettle corn and corn on the cob.
    I have a similar pic of rubber duckies in my collection – I took it at Coney Island.
    Read your PTA post – will be dropping back for updates.
    Take care,

  28. JennieBoo says:

    What a wonderful Fair outing!

    Shaun was right…it looks like it WAS fun!

    I bet the midway smelled yummy with all the “delicacie”.

    And the pigs, duckies and clown can were AWESOME!

    Yay for ya’ll!

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