I’m a big fan of the county fair. You can see the entire set of my photos here. This was the first year I’ve been able to go and wander at my leisure, neither being in a wheelchair nor overscheduled, as I have been in past fairs. And it wasn’t 90 degrees yesterday, another big plus.
If you do go, be sure to see the animals the 4-H kids have raised and all the exhibits indoors. That’s really what the fair’s about, not the Zipper and deep-fried candy. We’re struggling to keep the Lane County Extension 4-H programming alive due to budget cuts, so awareness and appreciation of all the good things that come from agriculture and animal husbandry education are essential. All the baking, preservation, art, and gardening exhibits include kids’ divisions.
I noticed this year’s fair has a slightly — slightly — more conservationist quality to it. Didn’t see the religious trailer “ARE YOU GOING TO HEAVEN?!” and there were only a few Confederate flags flying next to the gay pride and legalize pot ones. And there was a family farm booth. Plus, of course, the Master Food Preservers, Master Gardeners, book vendors, and MECCA’s reuse booth. And education about the environment and animals via the parrot pirate and the sea lion show…well, there’s that.
PS. Note to roasted corn boss: let the servers roast the corn properly. It was only roasted on the outside, and corn, like life, is improved with a little char. Love, CE.