A quick window of internet access in Prairie City, Oregon. It’s in the middle of nowhere, but they have free wireless. And good fried chicken. After this, we are in the woods and mountains.
I’ve been to a couple of county fairs now, but I don’t think I’ve ever been to a state fair. I don’t think Massachusetts even had a state fair when I was growing up. New Hampshire did, and I remember driving by the empty fair grounds, but I don’t think I ever went to the actual fair. Dave is a native Oregonian, and he has never been to the Oregon State Fair. We went on Sunday as part of our first leg of our honeymoon. And we were lucky enough to go with our friends Lise and Chris, who are veteran fair goers, and they were fantastic guides.
Very close to the first thing we did was have ridiculous fair food. You can’t really go to the fair and not get some death-defying food.
Food on sticks! How can you say no? The whole place was a temple to deep frying. I saw a sign for deep fried Dr. Pepper. At the state fair, they bend the laws of physics!
We saw lots of farm animals!
Cows! They were lying down and eating. Two of my favorite things. I think if I had a choice, I’d choose to eat while lying down also.
Angelic sleeping piggies! Look how happy and sleepy. And you can make bacon out of them!
And there were lot and lots of bunnies!
Look at the bunnies!
Dave is in this photo to show the scale of these enormous bunnies. They were the biggest bunnies I’d ever seen. You could use them as footstools.
This was the Rorschach bunny. How does this bunny make you feel about your mother?
We took a stroll outside on a quest for beer. Our friend Lise has reached the upper echelon for super craftiness, and I asked her to make us some of her signature sock monsters. Here we are, meeting for the first time.
We are taking them on our trip across Oregon. Hopefully, they won’t cause any trouble. We also have to come up with names for these two.
Lise entered some of her monsters into the state fair. I think pretty much everyone I know will be getting one of these for the holidays.
We checked out the crafts and perused the various vendors, local book authors and Lego displays.
Including giant, somewhat disturbing zucchinis.
I was happy there were representatives from a bunch of different Oregon counties, all places we will be going to see in the next week.
On our way out of the park, we saw more animals, including some friendly goats.
And below, A Baby Goat.
Look at the baby goat. LOOK AT HIM. Look at the goddamned BABY GOAT.