I’m a little late posting this but what the hey? My husband and I went to the fair on the last day it was here. Although I was trying to get him to buy an all-day ride wristband, he declined. So we did our usual.
The art exhibits. I really wish I had brought my camera because there was some really cool art this year. Aside from the amazing wood carvings of wildlife scenes, there were 3 masks of various colored metals, life-sized Kachina dolls made from spare parts and mufflers, and the best thing I saw in the sculpture was a head made of watches. The bands were curled to make eyelashes and the face of the watches made the eyes, nose, ears and mouths. It was very cool and I wish I had caught the artist’s name.
There was plenty of Western-themed art which isn’t surprising given it’s Arizona and the state’s centennial. We wandered into the 4H section and the school art. Lots of talent there but I have to admit, I love the science projects the students did. There were quite a few displays on alternative energy but the neatest one was how sucking on peppermint candy helped to focus the mind. Might have to try that one.
We followed the photography exhibit around the coliseum (Sadly, there wasn’t as many photos this year as in previous years) to Behemoth Bugland.
I was not aware of the bugland exhibit until we arrived. Very, very fun and I laughed because I’d written a reference to Them! ie in the radiation causing ants to mutate to giant sizes and low and behold, there was a caterpillar the size of a semi truck. There were two dung beetle locked in battle (the size of VW bugs, appropriately). They had decapitated bugs heads of mosquitoes, bees, and ants. And they had an animated locust who when it displayed its wings put most small planes to shame. Click here for more photos
I think that was my favorite part of the fair.
Next we stopped for a lemonade and made our way to the farm animals. Yes, it may seem dorky but there were plenty of other adults oohing and aahing over the animals. We strolled through the amazing display of chickens and other birds, patted the piggies and goats then took our annual photo of the turkeys to send to our children. I’m not sure where this fascination with turkeys began but we always must find one turkey to photograph. We did not pet the dairy cows or the horses.
We stopped at our favorite place for Indian Fry bread. Sadly, it was not as good as in previous years. Next we headed off for the crafts part and I drooled over a few quilts and was quite proud of the fact that I didn’t touch anything.
We watched the wood carvers working before heading off for the commercial building to see baking goodies. Then wandered to the huge working miniature railroad that is a must see every year.
Last we tried deep fried cheesecake because we couldn’t find any deep-fried jambalaya. After a brief side-trip to visit the monkeys, we left. Next year, I’m bringing my camera.