|Farmer Julie and her Piggy friend, Diane. Yes, Diane deserves a blue ribbon.|
|Sigh. It smells so good and EVERYONE had an ear. But me.|
|The winning pumpkin weighed in at 800 pounds this year.|
The home canning:
The cake decorating contest:
It was time for lunch so we headed to the Westover UMC Fair booth. One of my friends is pastor there but they also have the best chilidogs at the fair. At least if you only eat one every five years. And as someone whose final exams in food microbiology consisted of diagnosing real cases of food poisoning at the State Fair, I make a point of eating at a church booth. I've worked em and know how clean they are!
I've also worked at the NC State Ice Cream booth. Nothing has changed in the three decades since I was dishing out cherry vanilla and chocolate mint for the food science club. Students still give you an awful lot of ice cream for the price. The milk comes from NC cows. And cherry vanilla is still my favorite. And no high fructose corn syrup.
|My daughter and her boyfriend were brave enough to eat those monster turkey legs...and deep fried HoHos.|
|They were so happy.|
And learning about the cycles of life and the precarious nature of fair fish.
|Good thing the parents told them fair fish only live 24 hours!|
That's worse than a case of fair food poisoning! My poor babies. No more fair fish for them.
Except for the fish incident, it was a beautiful day to check out the farm animals, make a few carnies mad by taking their pictures, and appreciate all our state has to offer in terms of agriculture and talent.
So what about your fair experiences? Do you have a food item you MUST have? Or a display to check out? Do you ride the rides or play the midway? Best or worst experience?
PS: Some of you may have seen the news story about the people tragically hurt at our fair on Thursday. Please be in prayer for the families of those affected.