26 August, 2007

Fair Time

The end of August brings the Alaska State Fair. It's always fun to go see the *huge* vegetables and wander around eating... cotton candy, kettle corn, grilled corn-on-the-cob, ice cream, funnel cakes, meat-on-a-stick... It's *grand*!! (And I was glad Jeannea brought tummy medicine - someone should always be prepared!!)
Fair Flowers

Greg headed out to the fair at 9am yesterday with friends. A bunch of geocachers were getting together to "cache the fair" - apparently lots of fun... Jeannea and her friend Yvonne flew in from Dillingham in afternoon, so I met them at the airport, we dumped the bags at the house then headed out to the fair. Spent a lot of time sitting in traffic (waiting to park). The car behind us alternately revved its engine and played bass so loud our whole car was vibrating. But we finally made it in - and didn't do anyone any bodily harm... =)

Hooked up with Greg & Brian and started to wander. First stop was Fair Food - cotton candy, fried pickle chips (very tasty!), fried zucchini, elephant ears, funnel cakes, and ice cream. Not everyone had everything (or we shared one order among many) and the first round took probably an hour or more as we wandered between shops and food stops. Then everyone split up - agreeing to meet again at 10pm.
Cotton Candy Caper
Cornucopia Ice Cream Dream

Greg & I found the Rodeo Fish and I convinced him to ride. He might consider a career change? Nah... but it was fun for both of us!
Ridin' the Rodeo Fish

From there, we wandered some more. Sometimes I forget to take in the beauty that surrounds me - but I took notice last night and have some pix to share. These were taken at approximately 9:30pm, as we were wandering towards the meeting place.
Fair View #1

Fair View #2
Fair View #3

A stop to get some grilled corn-on-the-cob, deep fried cheese curds, meat-on-a-stick, and then we hooked up with the rest of the gang. Jeannea picked up some fresh-popped kettle corn for the road - yummy!! Brian & Heather headed out around 10 - we finished the eating, visited for a bit, and headed out to the car just before closing (around 11pm). Of course then we had to wait through the exiting traffic, but we made it home shortly after midnight. All in all, a great trip. The weather was fantastic, and we won't eat like that again... until next year!
Meat on a Stick

Fair Lights
Fair's End

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