Saturday, August 25, 2007

An Evening at the Alaska State Fair

I had fully intended to go to the Fair Thursday afternoon....but didn't end up leaving the office until after 5...and when I got home, I said, "I think I'll just lie down for a quick nap".....after all, I'd been up the past 36 some odd hours......but I guess I was more tired than I realized because the next thing I knew it was 6am Friday morning....oh well....
So after clinic Friday I went home and the man said...."let's have a date night and run up to the Fair"...so we did.

After pulling into the parking area, paying our entrance fee and walking along the paths of vendors...he says to me "so do you want to eat first or go see your how your shawls did first?"

I gave him "The Look"....so we meandered over to the correct huge corrugated metal building and started looking for knitted goodness.....so many knitting entries....I didn't see mine at all .......at first....then the man says.." look...up there"....


Were my eyes deceiving me? was it true? Why yes...yes indeed...the Lady E....with a nice shiny BLUE RIBBON...pinned to her fair self!


WHOOOHOOO!!!!!!


Well that certainly made my day! The SunRay also ribboned...a nice white 3rd place :) which also made me very very very happy! I tried to get a pic, but it was too dark.....also the grand prize winner...which was an incredible colorwork sweater on size 1s......very gorgeous....way the heck outta my league! too bad the pic of that was too dark as well....

After critiquing the rest of the knitted goodness, I had quite an appetite....but wanting to stay somewhat on the lean side, opted to forgo all the deep fried zucchini, garlic potato chips, cheese steaks, etc.....hmmmm...Turkey is ALWAYS a healthy choice...right...


The man also had a turkey leg....then he had a Buffalo Burger.......me...I just wanted dessert....I passed by the deep fried Twinkies, the cheesecake in a cone...and the funnel cakes to get my personal favorite...Denali Cream Puffs...mmmmm! Being unable to decide between berry topping or caramel with pecans.....we got one of each to share....hmmmm...which one first?


Sooooo fulll! Time to walk it off.....I love looking at all the fair vendors...and purchased some fresh raw creamed honey...one jar for myself...and one jar for my Knit1Tea2 Swap Buddy! We then went to the Farm Barn....the Giant Cabbage /Giant vegetable contests aren't until this week, but there were aleady some of our impressive veggies on display! What can you do with over 19# of turnip?


And look at these beans! Bet you could get your daily fiber quota in just one serving of these, hah!


I bypassed the poultry this year.....there were no Golden Pheasants on display (my favs)....and the little funny looking chickens don't compete until later in the week also (I love funny looking chickens and hope to have a brood of them when I retire someday.......really, just a farm girl at heart!) But there were lots and lots of goats......and several sweet little sheepies!


Every year someone also brings in a brood sow that ends up giving birth during the Fair....the new baby pigs are such a hit! Poor mama sow was so uncomfortable....you could see the little piglets inside just turning and rolling and kicking....I'm betting she'll deliver within the next 48hours. I felt sorry for her and opted to not take a picture of her....I mean goodness, would YOU want a photo of yourself all miserable and swollen and all.....I didn't think so.....Soooo...I meandered on down the stalls and found a cute litter of 3week old piglets....There tails were just a wagging and they were climbing on each other and grunting and squealing....gotta love baby pigs! (CBM knows!)


And how about this lovely lady? So serene amongst all the lowing cattle, bleating goats and sheep.....lots of Llamas up here...very hardy and used for packing for hikers into the back country....the man kept asking if they were alpacas.....see he's learning all sorts of fibery things....maybe he'll get a Cobblestone for Christmas if he keeps this up!


But 10pm rolled around too quickly...and being not so young...the man and I headed home...leaving the lights and rides and noise and fireworks for the rest of the crowd to enjoy.......


It was a very nice date.....and a wonderful surprise to get a blue ribbon AND a white ribbon. I'll definately enter again!

13 comments:

CatBookMom said...

Great photos, awesome winner!! Looks like so much fun. You rock, girlfriend!!!

junior_goddess said...

Cheering loudly! I am glad all that drudgery paid off! Very pretty ribbon!

And I wanna go to the fair now! Looks like you had fun!

Grace Yaskovic said...

that is just so cool, I am so happy for you-you beam in those photos!!

Arctic Knitter said...

Congrats!

Minnie~Knits said...

First off, your lady E in SWS is totally ribbonworthy. TOTALLY. I would love to make another lady E.
Secondly, I now have to go eat a cupcake because of looking at that creampuff. Yay for sugar!
Finally, I would also like that baby pig with the small black spots. I am partial to black and white.

Minnie~Knits said...

Forgot to mention I'd like the pig as a pet. Not for dinner or anything. Although bacon is like my favorite thing in the whole world. Besides yarn.

benne said...

Great fair pictures. I love the fair and all the animals. Congrats on winning those ribbons. I'm sitting here just grinning for you.

Tara said...

Congratulations on your ribbons! How exciting! Your Lady Eleanor is truly gorgeous. I'm glad to hear that you were able to enjoy all the fun the fair had to offer. I love the pictures of you with the food! Great post. Thanks for sharing!

P.S. I'm seriously contemplating the Cobblestone too. Someone on Ravelry found a ladies version online. I'll email you the link if you are interested.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations!! Very exciting!

Joan said...

LISA!!! Go LISA! You blue ribbon knitter, you! Grandma Clara must have been tickled.
Our fair starts this Friday. Yum. Lots of crap to eat and make me sick. I actually haven't gone in years but I live close enough to the venue to hear the music on my front porch. Always big country acts.

Having a Knit Fitt said...

Sounds like a really fun date. Congratulations of the ribbons!

smariek said...

Woohoo!!!! Congrats!!! Your photos are great, I almost feel like I was there with ya...

Mmm... buffalo burgers. Garlic potato chips. I got hungry reading your post too.

Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

Congratulations, you deserve it!