Saturday, September 12, 2009

Let's All Go To The Fair

It's the time of year for the LA County Fair. This month long affair is a great place to go to buy junk you don't really need, eat way more than you should and walk until your legs are sore. We went on Friday so we would miss the real mad house crowds that come on the weekend. The fair sits on over one square mile of grounds with over 14 large show buildings, thousands of vendors, horse races, farm animals and a couple of hundred rides and carnival booths for the kids. It is probably one of the biggest fairs in the States. Mischelle and I have stayed the night nearby so we could visit for a second day, it is that large. Almost too much to see in one day.

Food, food and more food.

Mobile advertisement for Shock Beer.

The World's Largest Fire Hydrant. It's next to the dog park, of course.

Beer, beer and MORE BEER. Of course, at the Draft Beer Depot.

And of course you have to have pictures inside the cutout artwork.

There were lots of outdoor displays but we focused on getting ideas for an outdoor cooking area and bar. With that in mind we took a few pictures of the ideas we liked most and that we could build on our own down in Belize.

What would a fair be if it didn't have lots of animals. The petting zoo was fun to watch with all the little ones toddling about amongst the animals. It was just as much fun to watch the parents.

The parade of cars showcased vintage cars all restored to their showroom condition. I wish I could show all of them that were in the parade but there were just so many I only picked out some of the best.

This years' outdoor garden exhibit theme was Africa. The many displays featured flowers and fauna from all over the Continent. There were some live animals and flora displays.

My former employer, AT&T, had one whole building dedicated to reptiles of the Jurassic Period. They had live motion displays that were quite impressive.

All to soon, day gave way to night, and the fair lit up. All the carival rides and games came to life.

And what kind of fair would it be if you didn't buy something. So Mischelle and I bought a HUGE mirror for our new home and got lots of ideas for the front door.

So it was a fun day at the fair. Didn't get to see everything I wanted, but we did see a lot. Who knows, maybe we'll need to go back again this year before it closes.


sandy a said...

Cool pics! My folks told me the first microwave oven they ever saw was at the LA COunty fair (back in the late 50's). That's where my family is from.
LA County fair probably is the biggest county fair in the country! We go to the Texas state fair in Dallas. It's BIG too!

Perry and Mischelle said...

I'm sure the Texas State Fair is just as much fun. And if it's Texas, it must be big. What time of year is that fair held?

sandy a said...

Next month! It runs for 3 weeks. I especially love going in the tents where all the vendors are and checking out the guys hawking the "As seen on TV" stuff!! Plus all the crazy deep-fried foods!!
And yeah, it's BIG BIG BIG!!! Like everything in Texas! LOL!

Perry and Mischelle said...

They deep fry everything. This years new entry was a zuccini stuffed with a hot dog and deep fried. Take that and your deep fried avocado and Snickers bars and it's a heart attack waiting to happen. I must gain 10 lbs from all the food I eat. And friends want to go back next Wed. Sounds like another fun day ahead.

sandy a said...

Zucchini stuffed with hotdog?? Are they trying to balance good with evil?