Sanna's Bag

“I never seem to have what I need when I need it. I’m going to make a belt-bag that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and just carry everything with me.”

Friday, September 04, 2009

I've been too long at the fair

Here we see the hero and heroine of our story, starting out the day with breakfast at Sully's cafe. I had a hangtown fry (LOVE those oysters!) And DH enjoyed sausage gravy over toast. Then off for a nice hour long cruise down the freeway to the state capitol and the state fairgrounds. Our drive takes us through verdant fields and leafy groves, past an outlet mall that is the number one tourist attraction in the state (I dunno why) and finally to the 2nd largest metropolitan area in the state.


As soon as we got through the gate we saw some tractors. Here's a little tractor with Roxie for size comparison.


And here's Kyle with a BIG tractor. It has an air-conditioned cab with a Blaupunct stereo system. It's not fast, but man is it powerful!



I took ninety eight photos. Here's a litter of baby piggies.



And here's the mommy pig. I got a rear-elevation of a boar, but can't find that photo right now. As it is, I've got the cute, and the good. The boar would have been the bad and ugly.


While I was in line for the restroom, I started talking to a mommy and her little girl. "She's feeling a little nervous," mom explained. "The animals are bigger than she expected." I suggested that she might like to go look at the bunnies. Little face lit up. "Bunnies?" she fluted in her sweet little-girl voice. "I love bunnies!" She was still in the bunny barn, staring with shining blue eyes at each and every bunny. I have lots more bunny photos. I may throw them in to future posts just for the charm.


The FFA had a splendid display of woodworking projects, welding projects, agricultural projects, and farming projects. Here we see the longest zucchini in the state. Kyle thinks they may have hung it to get it to grow loooooong.



For example, the five best fleeces were on display. One white fleece, and four lovely shades of brown. One of the welding projects was a dunk-tank on wheels. Several kids built utility trailers. One heartless soul welded horshoes together to make a patio chair. Think about it. Would you WANT to sit on horse shoes? Imagine the bizzare prints on your butt!

And then we went into the Women's Building. A quilter's guild was at work. I took picture after picture of quilts. Just a feast for the eyes. There were embroidered quilts and pieced quilts and one classic all white quilt with exquisite designs worked in the quilting. Just breath-taking.


Here's a party of color. I could DO something like This!



We wandered through the vendors's booths, then on toward the food booths, with a swing past the public stage. Every dance school in the state performs here. Look at these beauties waiting their turn on stage.



I had roasted corn on the cob with butter. YUM! And a mango smoothie and a bag of kettle corn, and anelephant ear for dessert.



And here's where DH got his lunch. (He had a hamburger)





I bought a batt of mohair/merino/alpaca/silk in pink. We bought oysters containing pearls. Two pearls were 7mm and white. Two were 8mm and pink ! We got two pounds of jerky, a new tote bag, and as we were leaving, we passed a booth where they were selling Hawaiian shirts and dresses for $5 each! So we now have two new shirts and two new dresses. For $5 each? Ishould have gotten more. Christmas is coming!

And we stopped at the pizza parlor on the way home. Life is GOOOD!

6 Comments:

  • At 6:46 PM , Blogger Galad said...

    What a wonderful day at the fair! We used to go every year when I was growing up but haven't been in a while.

    I suspect we will see some beautiful new quilts from all the new ideas in your fertile brain.

    Bunnies are soft and lovely aren't they?

     
  • At 10:07 PM , Blogger Rose Lefebvre said...

    The mohair almost looks like cotton candy!
    Sounds like you had fun.

     
  • At 10:45 PM , Blogger Willow said...

    Ah, the Oregon State Fair! What wonderful memories!

     
  • At 6:02 PM , Anonymous Dave Daniels said...

    I absolutely love your travelogues!
    Breakfast sounds like my kind of fun. But the quilt part really sings to me.

     
  • At 8:51 PM , Blogger Pat K said...

    What a lovely time!

     
  • At 9:53 PM , Blogger Amy Lane said...

    Aww... bunnies? That's SO cool! We missed the fair this year-- we usually HAVE to go because like Oregon, California puts the dance school kids up on the stage and Chicken and/or Cave Troll have performed. This year, since our kids didn't do recital, they didn't do State Fair, and I miss the bunnies and the fiber displays, and the goats. Thanks, Roxie! You let me visit it w/out the heat and the flies and the depleted pocket book! (Last year, it was 110 at the fair!)

     

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