Monday, August 9, 2010

Fair Food

When I mentioned to pal Sari that the Sonoma County fair was on in Santa Rosa, she immediately abandoned our earlier plans in favor of the fair. Turns out Sari loves county fairs. Since it was her birthday celebration, we happily went along for the ride.

We had a splendid time enjoying the goat judging, seeing baby pigs and chickens, photographing polished cows as they were paraded around the ring, admiring gigantic work horses and watching splash dogs and performing house cats. The flower pavilion was an amazing burst of color and the Elvis impersonator was convincingly fat and glittery, thank you vera, vera much.

Fair food is not good for you. Most of it is fried, or sweetened to the max. So what? It's fun and we enjoyed the sin food vera, vera much. For example, the chocolate-covered bacon, which Chilebrown had alerted us to. I have to say, I'd probably not eat it again but, what the heck, it was an experience. Chewy bacon slathered with dark chocolate - what's not to like?

On the ever-so-slightly more healthy side, we enjoyed some fresh lemonade from a stand shaped like a giant lemon with three giggly high school girls squeezing fresh fruit for us, and these pulled pork sliders from Johnny Garlic's, a Santa Rosa institution that had a stand at the fair. Guy Fieri's flamboyant self was not there but his image certainly was.

The weather was perfect, the crowd was cheerful and we were birthday mode. A perfect day at the fair.

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Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

Wow, you've got me wanting to go to a field day, and soon :)

Monday, August 09, 2010  
Blogger Greg said...

Great fun! The light strikes that slider in just the right way. A slider as art.

Monday, August 09, 2010  
Blogger Chilebrown said...

Did you ride "Hot Sauce" the mechanical bull?

Monday, August 09, 2010  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Well, at least you saw *one* Elvis.
Nice photo.

Monday, August 09, 2010  
Blogger kudzu said...

That's one of my favorite fairs of all time! (I hesitate to say that perhaps the Marin County Fair has become almost too p.c. and sophisticated, since folks here flock to it.)

Glad you tasted the wares...with or without Simple Simon.

Did you hit the wine tent???

Monday, August 09, 2010  
Blogger Kailyn said...

I haven't been to a county fair since I was a kid. Love fair food.

Monday, August 09, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Ms Mouse, do you have them in the summer always, as we do?

Greg, dappled sunlight does the trick.

Chilebrown, are you kidding? Heck, no! We saw it and studiously avoided it.

Cookiecrumb, thank you vera, vera much.

Kudzu, I agree - Sonoma's is more like an old-fashioned county fair. We didn't find the wine tent - just lemonade.

Kailyn, Next year, grab some pals and go. You'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010  

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