Friday, August 31, 2007

When Pigs Race...

In a previous post I mentioned that one of our activities this summer was going to the Lane County Fair. We really only go to the fair to look at the animals. I can't go on any of the rides because of my severe motion sickness, and let's face it, the entertainment at the county fair is usually a few generations older than us 30 somethings--although last year Loverboy was at the fair and that was getting a little too close to being of my era. You know you are old when the bands of your youth are playing the county fair....

Anyway, we had a great time looking at all the cool animals.




The funniest thing at the fair, as far as animals are concerned, was the Great Alaskan Pig Races. This was a very contrived show of little piglets racing around a little track and jumping over little hurdles.



The funniest thing about it wasn't really the pigs--although they were really cute. No, the funniest thing was the carny family that ran the show. The emcee seemed to be the oldest son, while the two younger boys hearded the pigs in and out of the racing stalls and gave them cookies as incentive. We didn't see the parents, but I'm sure they were there behind the scenes somewhere or over in the gift area where you could purchase pig racing mechandise. All in all they put on a good show.

Finally we briefly looked at some of the art work and the vegetable and farm displays. I think I've decided to enter something for next years fair. The needlework section of the crafts was sorely lacking. I would love to say that I won first place in something at the county fair. Since I don't have a garden to grow a huge cucumber, I think I'll make some kind of tapestry or maybe bake a pie...

3 comments:

Melissa said...

Oh, you are brave, brave. Didn't they have an e coli scare a few years back? And who played the fair this year? Melissa

smartypants said...

Yeah--we just looked and didn't touch the animals. Funny thing though (actually not funny at all), Will had an asthma attack after we got home...We think he is allergic to the hay or soemthing. It was kinda scary. We had a good time though and he was fine after he took a Benedryl..

sooz said...

Serene, Hannah & I went to the Humboldt Co fair while I was over there for the wedding. Those girls are fearless! I have never had that much confidence in fair rides so my heart was beating furiously while I watched them ride...but we had the best time. Leif was there with his family so we hung out. Earlier in the day my sisters, niece & great-nephew were there so we cruised the art, flower, quilt, stitching, food and etc displays while the girls were watched by Leif & Katherine. Katherine's son, Toby is much taller than Serene by about a foot but he is her age. I think she may have a crush on him. You should see the pictures of them at the wedding. Cute! Loves to you & Will. Susie-girl