Jess Hutch.

Thursday, July 06, 2006


Jeff and I went to the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, CA on Monday. It's always nice to get out of the chilly city and into the oppressive heat of the fairgrounds. Nothing a cold beer and a few air-conditioned exhibit buildings couldn't fix.

We definitely have our favorite things to do - mostly eat fried food, and visit the various exhibits and demonstrations. There's the livestock, of course, the horse races, and the ancient farming equipment - what would the fair be without them? The Young California hall features prize-winning 4H and school projects, mostly arts and crafts, and the hobbies building has dozens of glass vitrines containing the personal collections of various Alameda county residents. There's just about everything you can think of (this year our favorites were the beer cans, the rubber dolls, and the Ed Roth/hot rod models). My favorite collections are never the ones that get the blue ribbons - I wonder why? But my favorite thing, every year, is the model train exhibit, a photo of which is above. I don't even pay much attention to the trains, it's the miniature world they've created that I can't get enough of. Marvy.

Then, of course, there are the commercial/trade buildings, featuring everything you've ever seen in an infomercial and more. I love to look at this stuff but you can't gawk too obviously, or the salespeople will spot you and start up a conversation. Eeee!

Of course, at the end of the day, we were glad to be back in the blessedly cool city. But it was nice to get back to our rural roots if only for a day.


At 7:51 AM , kelly said...

so cool... i *love* county fairs! It's always a long wait for us, because ours doesn't start until mid-August - can't wait!

At 8:29 AM , Chrissa said...

I love this picture. The expectant plastic figures in their '40s gear, the golden light inside the station, the flat blue painted sky in the background. How can a jumble of miniatures create so much atmosphere? Heavenly.

At 3:58 PM , Shari said...

I stumbled across one of your Flickr pics today and fell in love with your adorable toys!

I love county fairs. We always went to the L.A. County fair when I was young and I was obsessed with the miniature trains. Still am. I take pictures of them too! I've just always loved the tiny trees and sidewalks and people . . . it's like a little fantasy world.

At 12:53 PM , Alicia P. said...

That is one very cool photo, Jess!


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