Saturday, September 11, 2010
Fun at the Fair
Yesterday we "did the Puyallup" for the first time in years. In Washington-speak, that means we got up early and headed to the fair with friends in time to watch the cattle down the main drag at the beginning of the parade. Notice the two princesses pretending that it's a hot and sunny day....NOT!
It was fun to watch the different horse-drawn wagons and the bands marching down the street to the fairgrounds.
Inside we saw lots of things, including beautiful quilts and knitted items that were not supposed to be photographed. This pumpkin carver caught our eye. He is certainly prepared with different carving tools. How much do you suppose this baby weighs?
We looked at the bunnies, cats, cows, and these funny chickens. I would have named this one Elvis. It was quite comical to watch him try to drink water.
But what I enjoyed most (next to the quilts and knitting) was watching the drivers maneuver their wagons through the orange cones and then back them up without tipping over.
At the very end of the show the Shetland ponies, which looked absolutely tiny next to the Clydesdales, zipped around the ring at breakneck speed and cut some very tight corners with no mishaps whatsoever. The driver was controlling the horses with six reins, most impressive. (The announcer said that the Spanish Conquistadors rode these ponies which I found interesting.)
It was a fun and interesting day with hardly any rain!