Last night I went to the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles with my friend DeeDee and her two girls. I hadn't been to the Fair in at least 10 years, but it really didn't look too different. There were a couple new things, like this statue and waterfall:
... and this Frontier Town set up:
But pretty much everything else was the same. DeeDee gave the girls some money to go away and leave us alone go have some fun, and the two of us headed out to see the displays. We never did find the giant fruits or veggies, but there were some amazingly decorated cakes and other delectable goodies, beautiful quilts and clothing, amazing wood sculptures and hand-made furniture, pretty (and ginormous!) flowers and landscaping, and amazing art and photography (which we didn't get to see all of because they shut down the art/photography building just before 10:30 p.m. - so annoying!)
The stepping stones in this FFA display are actually water meter covers! How clever is THAT? And, also, there were a LOT of spirits interested in it. Check out all those orbs!
I intended to try some Fair fare this year - diet be damned! - but we all had a healthy dinner at Subway, so I was too full to get a corn dog, giant sausage, funnel cake, slice of pizza, deep fried Twinkie, dish of gelato or strip of chocolate covered bacon. I'm kinda bummed about that, but at the same time, my tummy is thanking me!
DeeDee and I did stop by the Cliffs Resort booth for margaritas. They came in these super fun glasses with flashing LED lights! (Trust me, the lights were flashing!)
All the people in the above photo are standing outside the Main Grandstand listening to the singing foetusJustin Bieber. I'm totally NOT kidding. And, no, just in case you're wondering, I did NOT go see him! Gah! Everyone and their DOG has been asking me that today! The only concert DeeDee and I were even interested in seeing was America, but we missed them. We didn't go on any rides, either, as they had all just been to Magic Mountain the day before, and were tired of rides, and we totally avoided the "carnival" part with all the games where you can win cheap, giant stuffed animals or goldfish in plastic baggies because all the games are stupid, way too expensive to play and we didn't feel like being yelled at by carnies. The overly-aggressive salesman in the commercial building who kept wanting to clean our rings when neither of us were wearing rings was bad enough. Unless "cleaning your rings" is a euphemism for something I'm not aware of.
Anyway, it was a gas to go to the Fair again after such a long time, and I'm so glad I was able to go with one of my BFFs! Who knows, maybe we'll meet up for the Fair again next year!