If you’re a long-time reader, you know I have to go to the California State Fair each year. It’s cheesy and filled with art, fiber, crops, rides, hawkers, horrific food and people from all walks of life.
That is one of the things I like the best about it – it seems to attract a broad demographic swath. And I love the kid’s art and the stages where you can see groups or individuals doing all types of normal or odd things: baton, Polynesian Dance, ukeleles, singers, drama, tap and some things that I can’t even describe.
And of course, there is Fair Food: fried cheese curds (like regular cheese curds weren’t caloric enough!), chocolate dipped anything including bacon, fried anything and more:
And finally, after wondering about it for years, I tried a deep fried Oreo. Bleh! It did not taste Oreo at all, just fried dough. And there were SIX in a serving!
One of my favorite areas was the children’s art – oh so adorable!
“Exhausted”, Hayden Laung.
“Love of reindeer and Cherry”, Tiffany Tan LIi.
Tussock Moth Catepillar, Xander Klaus (Age 5-9 Group).
Moving On, Eli Fisher-Fernandez (Age 10 – 12 Group).
Contemplating, Kenydy Adair (Ages 13 – 15 Group).
Robin, Isabellah Frost (Ages 16 – 18 Group).
On to the Fine Arts Building:
Dream State, Lynette Koftinow.
Pavlova, Debra Kreck-Harnish.
Untitled, Austin Kramer.
Tide Pool, Judy Knott.
Birth of Venus the Mother, Stephenee Bore.
Daniela Ornelas, Kendrick Lamar.
And finally, the Crafts Building:
Our California, Karla Dellner. Karla is a member of my home guild, the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild and Received the Best of Show award! It is Karla’s take on her favorite things about California.
(Didn’t get the name), Marie Nelson.
A Round Kevin 4/4: Hexagon, Silk and Salvage.
Fireworks, Laurel Moore.
I had a lovely chat with the maker of this piece, Sweet Georgie by Marney Kincaid. Marney used over 80 colors of Delicata beads to make this amazing piece. She works full-time and would come home and do a few rows every night.
Detail, Sweet Georgie, Marney Kincaid.
And then the garments:
1850 Christmas Eve Party Dress, Diana Bradham.
RicRac on the Runway, Valerie Lynne.
There were many more great pieces in the Fair but photography there was difficult. They do not have much of a budget nor adequate space, so items are crammed together, sometimes behind glass. I did my best! I hope you enjoyed your tour of the California State Fair. I’ll be sharing with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday along with many other great bloggers.