Photo Essay: The Virginia State Fair

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Travel | 34 comments

fair midway

George Ferris invented this wheel with the intention to “out-Eiffel Eiffel”

 

fair food

Deep fried everything…including Kool-Aid

 

trampoline fair

Flying

 

fair food

Hot California Cheese! More frying.

 

leghorn fair

“Now looka, I say looka here.” ~Foghorn Leghorn

 

us airbag

 More flying

 

fair cow

Spelling her name the traditional way, Colleen the cow should have no trouble at Starbucks. 

 

fair corn row

Spiders of the Corn (I know they’re in there)

 

Twiggs the giraffe

Twiggs the giraffe. His carrots are not fried.

 

krispy kreme fair food

Kraziness

 

winning fair pumpkin

The winning pumpkin weighed 750 lbs (a diet of fried food?)

 

fair food

What are butt fries?

 

painted gourd

Something not fried–a painted gourd

 

fair barns

I love barns, even little ones

 

weird fried foods

Um, no thanks.

 

What do you love about fairs? Would you eat fried bubble gum?

HAPPY MONDAY!

Coleen Patrick

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34 Comments

  1. I always love your photos. All that fried stuff … ueerrrghh! (yes, that’s a sound-wordy-thingy)

    I would have loved all the FLYING things! :)

    • My husband joked about when we were going to find the gluten free booth. Fairs are not for those with dietary restrictions! Although it was so hot all I wanted was the 75 cent unsweetened tea. Best deal at the whole fair. :)

  2. Coleen, so many of these made me smile! And Colleen the Cow? Hilarious!

    • Funny now. Not sure how I would’ve felt about Colleen the cow when I was in high school. :)

  3. Loved the pictures. All together too much fried food, but why go to a fair if not to indulge in forbidden fruit. you can see cows and chickens on a farm. Ferris Wheel? No f****** way. Got stuck at the top of one as a child, severe fear of heights followed.

    • My experiences with the Ferris wheel have been okay, but now I’m too skeptical about the safety at fairs. I know, bah humbug. But I’ll still attend them!

  4. Loved your photo essay of the fair. Reminded me that Fall is here. Loved the Giraffe! Tried to respond on your blog on your site, and it wasn’t showing. So, responded through twitter.

    • Twiggs the giraffe was so cute. Giraffes seem to have such a gentle way about them. Although I’m sure the endless carrots had something to do with his mood too!

  5. Deep fried everything…including Kool-Aid? Deep fried bubble gum? Holy cow – there is now way to stick to a diet at this state fair!

    I love these kinds of things. It brings us back to a simpler life, a more wholesome life, that our parents and grandparents enjoyed.

    Still love all the bad fried foods there. Especially funnel cake and cotton candy!
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    • Yes, funnel cake was always my favorite when I was a kid. Now they have more flavors, like red velvet and pumpkin!!

  6. What fun! That looks awesome for Autumn.

    • Yes it was the perfect picture of Autumn, but with 90 degree weather. Thank goodness for the iced tea!

  7. I used to be a 4-H kid, so I always loved the fair! The animals, the crafts, the smash-up derby.. but the best thing about the fair is all the horrible-for-you food! Mmmm, deep fried Snickers….
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    • The smash-up derby? That sounds cool. I didn’t seen anything like that, but there was a live grizzly feeding demo!

  8. Believe it or not, I would try the fried bubble gum, depending on price. Butt fries, probably not. And Colleen is not a good cow name.

    I love the County exhibits at the State Fair and the baby animals and the flower exhibits and the handmade stuff. Hate the heat (ours is in the summer), the crowds, the fried everything, the carnival rides, the parking, the prices, the . . . well you get it.

    Cool pictures.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt
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    • The baby animals were very cute, especially the little piggies. Oh and Colleen had just given birth to Kristy a few days earlier, but at 65 lbs she didn’t look so small. :)

  9. Deep fried Kool-Aid? Crazy! I wanna try that!

    • From seeing the pictures, I think it’s essentially Kool-Aid flavored fried dough balls. :)

  10. I love Ferris wheels and the animals at state fairs. Deep-fried bubble gum? Ick!

    • I know. I’m wondering if you eat the fried bits around the gum and then chew the gum, like with bubble gum ice cream, or if it’s a bubble gum flavored situation…either way, not what I crave. :)

  11. Fried bubble gum? No thanks! I enjoy fairs, but I haven’t been to a good one in a long time. My favorite part is the animals and fried dough. :)

    • Fried dough or funnel cakes were definitely my faves when I was a kid. :)

  12. No, I would NOT eat fried bubble gum – ew!! But I am wondering, were those magic mushrooms they were advertising? ;) (Love the Spiders of the Corn – that would be my first thought, too!) :)

    • As much as I love a corn maze (and corn), my first two thoughts when I saw the stalks were spiders and the horror movie Children of the Corn. Yikes!

  13. Coleen, those are great pics! What is it about fried? Yuck! I have to say I didn’t know about the Ferris Wheel. Interesting bit of info. I apparently don’t get out much. lol. But how gorgeous is that giraffe? And the cow named Coleen? He, he, he. Looks like you guys had fun. :)

    • I never gave much thought to the Ferris wheel either, not until I put one in a story and my editor capitalized the F. So that’s when I learned about George. :)

  14. I LOVE your photographs! Fun, fun, fun.

  15. Lots of great pictures Coleen =) How does one deep fry Kool Aid I wonder? Though I was hesitant to try them at first, I must say I do LOVE deep fried Oreos. They are the thing I look forward to most about the fair every summer!

    • Judging from the photos, it looks like the Kool-Aid is just the dough flavoring. Interesting for sure. I got to have the fried Oreos once, they are definitely tasty!

  16. I like your photo essay. Love the picture of the rooster and the painted gourd! Fairs are fun! And the funnel cakes are the best!

    • Thank you, Freeda! And I share your opinion on funnel cakes. :)

  17. What awesome photos!
    Here in Washington, the Fischer Scones are always a big hit. Loaded with butter and raspberry jam…mmmm
    My favorite :-)

    I say a big “no thank you” to fried bubble gum. Yuck! And Fried Reeses, too? Never heard of butt fries, though we saw a sign for butt paste on a trip through Montana several years ago. Disturbing. Maybe for in case they ate too many butt fries?

    • A big YAY for scones-love ‘em. I still am not sure what butt fries are… :)

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