Today Marnie and I went to the opening day of the Oregon State Fair. I enjoy the Fair but The Hubs isn’t all that interested, so I asked Marnie to go with me.
The last few times I’ve been to the Fair we’ve gone toward the end of its run of 11 days, and this time I really wanted to go at the beginning when everything is fresh. I think we might have been too early though, because it looked like some of the animals hadn’t arrived yet.
We entered through the blue gate where the livestock barns are (after accidentally pulling into the handicapped parking and having to exit over a curb) and went to see the animals. We were looking especially for alpacas. There were many kinds of sheep, cows, and a couple of Belgian horses. I didn’t get any photos of regular cows, but here are sheep and one of the big horses:
We saw these Longhorns in a pen in a different part of the Fair. Every time we went to take a photo they would turn away, ha. I finally got this one:
But could only get the back end of this one:
We should have asked the people to learn more about them, but we spent too much time trying to photograph them!
We watched a little bit of a horse showing — we missed the announcement but it looked like the horse was being judged on how well it was trained. In the livestock pavilion we saw this pony and a couple of others. This one also didn’t want her photo taken:
Here are some other critters we saw (the bunnies came on a different day, and there were no chickens in the poultry barn either):
This was a fun thing, I’m always fascinated by how Slinkies go down stairs:
We toured some very nice RVs:
Then we went into the Creative Living building and saw a lot of fun exhibits:
There were wood carvers, spinners/weavers, and authors showing off their work. One of the authors was William Sullivan, who has written many books about hiking in Oregon. I resisted the urge to tell him that his hike ratings are inaccurate!
We walked through the vendor building and the outside vendors, but didn’t see anything to buy that we couldn’t live without. We got hungry and decided to get some lunch, and corn dogs were on the menu. I won’t say how much the food cost because it was a painful amount.
A show was starting just as we finished lunch, so we went over to see what it was all about. The “Nerveless Nocks” do a daredevil show. They don’t use any safety devices so had to do a disclaimer by telling the kids in the audience to “not try this at home”. Here is Michaelangelo Nock balancing on four chairs.
Here is Angelina Nock and her aerial act:
Here is Angelina standing in the metal ball while a young Venezuelan man rides a motorcycle around and around. It was hard to get a good photo of this.
Someday I will try one of these deep-fried delicacies. They actually have deep-fried Kool-Aid. That flummoxed us! I got a jumbo bag of cotton candy and we chomped on some of that as we walked. I brought the rest home and was going to take a photo of it, but I forgot and eated it all up instead.
And then there’s always this food booth:
As we were heading back to the car we saw an alpaca go by near the livestock barns, and hurried after it. We missed when it went in though, and never did find the alpacas. We did, however, find llamas.
And I will leave you with this: