County Fair – Day at the Fair

Ted Gill staffing the beekeepers booth

Ted Gill staffing the beekeepers booth

Friday at the fair: Ted worked the West Sound Beekeepers Association booth at the same time I pulled a shift at the Master Gardener booth in the Presidents Hall. He brought in a bar of natural comb to display alongside the club’s demonstration hive – kids could see and hear live bees, and also touch and smell real comb. This was a real kid pleaser and there were people at the booth all day long.

After my shift we went walking around the fair. I got to check out Karen Olsen’s BLJKNinja, fall in love with Shetland sheep, and inspect the Delewares with an eye to acquiring this breed of poultry. The air-conditioned Pavilion is a great place to duck in to escape the heat; Peninsula Fruit Club has their booth there, and so does the Kitsap Community Food Co-op, where I finally signed us up for a membership.

BLKJNinja

BLKJNinja


Fair food: I’ve had a latte and a Fischer scone for breakfast, lumpia for lunch, BBQ chicken for dinner, and soft serve ice cream with hot fudge. Most food booths are run as a benefit for a group or club. Along with hot dogs and gyros, shishkaberries and elephant ears, there’s every kind of deep fried food you would want to see at a fair, including deep fried Twinkies and Klondike bars!

I haven’t gotten to see the rodeo this year. If the Poulsbo Farmers Market Harvest Dinner wasn’t on Sunday night I’d go see Extreme Bulls (that’s my knit-while-watching-TV show.) Saw my nephew and young neighbor in passing heading for the carnival. It’s mostly younger folk spinning on the rides and walking around the bright lights – like the song says, you can’t be twenty on Sugar Mountain!

This fair has been going since 1923 and almost didn’t happen this year. It’s a great day out in the sun. Don’t miss it!

Links:
Kitsap Sun, “The County Fair that Almost Wasn’t”


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