One of my favorite outings is the Oregon State Fair. Unfortunately, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to make the trip down (I’m marking it on my calendar for next year, seriously!) So, we decided to check out the closer Washington State Fair down in Puyallup. I can’t say it’s as awesome as the Oregon one, but we still managed to have a good time. We started off with the animals, which are always my favorite part of the fair. Especially the horses:
I like walking through the barns, it’s like getting to visit a different world:
There’s horse bling:
And awesome nicknames:
We popped into the arena to watch the draft horse team exhibit. They had a team of Shetland ponies in the line-up, which were definitely a highlight:
My one big complaint about the Washington vs. Oregon State fairs is that there weren’t as many events. In Oregon, they have all sorts of competitive events, so you get to see more of the horses out in the arena, as opposed to just in the stables. We moved on to the other animals, such as the 4-H dogs:
I was surprised by how chill most of the dogs were with all of the people milling around. Lets just say that Wally wouldn’t excel in this environment…
And of course, we had to visit the piglets:
And were treated to another reminder that farm kids have a very different fair experience than the tourists.
I liked the name they gave the midway:
And this sign:
And no visit to the fair is complete without something deep fried. (Too bad it was from the unfortunately named Krusty Pup.) Cheers!
The boy has been pretty strict with his diet lately, so I think he was pretty excited for a little splurge:
We wisely passed on the opportunity to eat here:
(My favorite part is the slogan on the side: “Eat like you live here” WTF?)
Another highlight of the fair experience are the random exhibits and giant vegetables. Here, Puyallup really brought their A-Game. They had the requisite giant pumpkins:
And then some sort of “Creepy Mannequin” contest:
This one should have gotten the blue ribbon:
And a pig made of flowers, because why not?
Then we wandered into Hobby Hall, where we could get our butts kicked at cribbage by old guys:
An amazing replica of the Space Needle made out of minerals:
And then a couple of rooms full of people’s weirdo collections. There’s something special about people who collect raccoons:
And of course, the clowns… (shudder)
After all of that crazy, we needed a snack. So we picked one of the many scone lines to stand in. The “State Fair Scone” is a tradition that T introduced me to, and I must say, it’s a tasty one. The place we picked had genuine old ladies on the assembly line, so we knew we were in good hands:
We even got to see the machinery that cuts the dough into uniform balls. It was cool. We also enjoyed wandering into the Cowboy museum, complete with real cowboys!
They were painting and signing autographs, it was quite something. Speaking of a piece of history, I couldn’t resist photographing this replica of a bygone era:
T and I debated which item they were least likely to have – aspirin or film.
There was some quality artwork at the fair, starting with this sign:
The obligatory Pacific Northwest woodcarver:
I couldn’t stand to spend much time in the “Infomercial Areas” but this sign did beg for a WTF picture: And, if the crowds were driving you nuts, here’s a place where you could catch a break. Plus free water and literature!On the whole, we had a good time. Gotta love a cultural excursion.