As with most state or county fairs, the OC Fair offers a mix of agricultural and crafts displays, carnival rides and games, live music and of course, lots and lots of food. While all fairs have unique features, there are a few areas that make the OC Fair special, which we particularly enjoy.
There are a few ways to enter the OC Fair and each has its charms. We like the entrance by Centennial Farm. This is a permanent part of the fairgrounds, and is open for visits all year, but they really put on their finery for the fair. In addition to the visiting animals, like Ankole cattle, llamas, and a working hive brought by the OC beekeepers, Centennial Farm boasts fruits, flowers and vegetables from raspberry vines to sunflowers to Anaheim chili peppers. This year, the agricultural crossed paths with the crafty, when yarn bombers made new coats for the cow and pig statues outside the Millennium Barn. Fun stuff!
|Susan and the yarn-bombed pig.|
|The OC Fair's yarn-bombed cow.|
Park Plaza, the next area you come to on the fairgrounds, is the host to the Crafters' Village. We saw a live ceramic making demonstration here (and found a sweet little ceramic butterfly to take home in the shop next door). There is usually a glass-blower here, too, but it looks like they missed this year, which is too bad. That's always interesting to watch. Missing this year too, is the ice museum. This is always a fun way to cool off while enjoying the artistry of the ice sculptors who have made everything from a Mona Lisa to a shark and coral reef out of ice in years past. We hope it's back next year.
|Mitch posing with Poseidon in last year's ice museum.|
The next couple of areas are turned over to commerce and fair food. At the OC Fair you can find just about anything you can imagine either deep-fried, chocolate-dipped, or wrapped in bacon. In fact, there are a few places that actually offer chocolate-covered bacon! While we've enjoyed a funnel cake and some fresh-made potato chips so far this year, we've stayed away from the mile-long hot dogs and bacon-wrapped turkey legs (Mitch doesn't want to look too much like Henry VIII). That said, we've heard good things about the deep-fried Oreos...
|This picture speaks for itself.|
|There's the purse and the goat.|
|Go piggies, go!|
|The lights of the OC Fair from atop La Grande Wheel.|
|Self-portrait while riding La Grande Wheel, with a bit of the structure in the background.|
|Mitch always finds dinosaurs, even at the fair!|