In mid-Setember, I went to the Western Washington State Fair with Judy R. We examined the hundreds of hand-made quilts and voted for our favorites, and I sat through a long slide show of entries to the photo competition. We watched guys carving oversized pumpkins and heard an excellent C&W band. The Hobby Hall included collections of Barbies, cake pans, Walt Disney figures, old tools, miniature cars, and the ubiquitous collectors’ item – salt and pepper shakers.
Most of the people at the fair were families from the towns south of Seattle. For some reason, there were a lot of great big people, made bigger by the food offerings there. The day before, I had been to the opening of the new Nieman Marcus store in Bellevue WA (across the lake from Seattle) where lots of skinny people were dressed in high style like I’ve only seen in New York. I bet I was the ONLY person who attended both the Fair and the Nieman Marcus opening.
We watched dogs perform, saw 4-H kids displaying their animals (which I guess they don’t mind killing and eating), and marvelled at the huge Lipizzaner stallions, parading through the fairground in sparkling regalia.
We ate the following: elephant ears – a huge pastry covered with cinammon and sugar, greasy burgers with greasy onions, Fisher scones with melted butter and rasberry jam, corn on the cob with a lot of butter, lemonade made from powder, ice cream from the dairy barn, etc. (We were there a long time.)