I left work early on Friday. I went home, got changed, and hopped into Megan’s little red car to go to the County Fair.
This year’s Fair had a special guest star: Ben, whose visit last year was one of its greatest joys. And this time, he had brought his girlfriend Erica along. They had spent the week in San Francisco, their first visit there, but I think not their last, since they were both smitten with my former hometown. Here they are enjoying their very first Giants game:
We met up at the funnel cake stand and exchanged hugs. Then we set off to the livestock area, where we watched the 4-H kids showing their goats and winning their ribbons. I love seeing those little kids in their impractical white outfits and jaunty green scarves. They are remarkably poised for their youth.
We meandered in the barn with the cows, goats, and snack-size sheep before checking out the more exotic animals. Unfortunately for my ever-enquiring mind, the labels on the exotica were extremely information deficient, merely noting the sex and age of the birds without disclosing what the heck they were, which is what sprung to mind when seeing this:
Chicken on stilts? And this:
Some kind of pigeon? Note the feathered feet!
Replete with weirdness, we headed to the Agriculture building, where we met up with our Erica and the beautiful Jessica, who was wearing a modish, mod outfit:
We apple tasted:
The apples were all so different and all so delicious, all of them grown in the same valley where the Fair is held. I was underwhelmed by this year’s biggest pumpkin, though:
The Great Pumpkin is not all that great up close. At least Charlie Brown was spared that disappointment.
The quilts, however, did not disappoint. I was very taken with this one:
While admiring it with Ben and his Erica, who were also fans, a gentleman told us that he was the maker’s husband and that his very talented wife had made it for their nephew. Lucky kid! We also loved this very different quilt:
Our Erica observed that none of the panels were the same. The colors are just lovely. It deserved to win first place.
This was my favorite flower arrangement:
And appropriately enough since our two visitors had just crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, there was this charming arrangement:
There was even water beneath the bridge!
We all had such a great time. I always love the Fair. Especially with family and friends.
A YEAR AGO: At the Fair, of course!
FIVE YEARS AGO: Stop me if you’ve heard this before.