Starting this past weekend, is the Washington State Fair in the Pierce County town of Puyallup (pronounced pew-allup). We drove there from our house in Everett, which is a long drive, but it was a nice day on Sunday. Lots of homeowners there allow their front yards to be used for parking, and local civic groups have lots they use for Fair parking too. We didn’t even try to find a place on the street.
This was about five blocks from the fairgrounds. We entered at the Blue Gate.
I had a hunch things would not be going smoothly right outside the gate. First, the sole of one of my flip-flops separated right at the gate, so I knew I’d have trouble walking around if I didn’t get it fixed. Also, the Fair has gone “total airline” on bag-checks at the gates, so I was required to empty my water bottle before entering. As if I was carrying something other than water! It did nothing to improve my disposition, I can tell you.
Once inside, we had to decide where to go first. I figured I’d have to find someone with glue, or someone selling flip-flops! Here’s what we saw just inside the gate.
I knew there was a big building holding the “trade show” booths, of various businesses trying to sell you something. Well, it just so happened that the Vionic people were there, selling their orthotic-friendly flip-flops, so I bought a pair and wore them for the rest of the day. One problem solved.
Next stop, Carousel. This is a very pretty one, with nicely-painted horses, ridden by lots of happy kids (and even a parent or two).
RushBabe decided to be somewhat incendiary, wearing the Trump garb in Deep Blue Western Washington.
But this time, I guessed wrong! I got about a half-dozen remarks on my shirt and hat, and every single one was positive! I saw another lady in a pink Trump2020 hat, and got a bunch of thumbs-up and people saying they liked my shirt. Very unusual!
Well, what’s a State Fair without animals? I, being horse-crazy, headed for that area, and I captured two very nice-looking steeds. I was very pleased to see that the breed that has to be the most beautiful ever designed by Nature, the Friesian, was represented! They are coal black and shiny, and very graceful. Too bad I neglected to take his picture standing up.
Here’s another pretty guy.
And, the obligatory calf.
And some just beautifully-marked chickens.
We dropped by the building with local non-profits. I just got a kick out of these two organizations, back to back. The Wildlife Conservation folks.
Back to back with the Trappers!
I wondered, did they speak to each other?
We visited the Hobby Hall, and saw all kinds of exhibits of crafts made by people all over Washington.
A nice model of the Titanic.
And a nice variety of quilts. I especially loved this Hogwarts one! See Hedwig on the shelf? And the LEGO Harry? Very cute!
And birds. These quilts are made by professionals, and this one won three awards.
And by this time, we old folks were getting tired, so we headed home. A great day at the Fair!