Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Gettin Frisky at the Fair
After all the tomatoes of late July, August was reserved for me to scrub the red stains off my cutting board, walls and self. Now that I've finished that we're getting back to the business of learning new things. The end of summer in Louisville doesn't offer much unless you're finishing up a garden, planting cover crops or already dreaming about next season or so I thought. Enter the KY State Fair (Aug 18-28). Billed as an agricultural offering with a side of thrill rides and deep fried madness, this was an event I looked forward to for months.
Last Saturday Fuschia and I finally managed to find a common day off so that we could head off to see what we could see. My initial thought upon arriving: why the hell is the fair inside? and why are there 5 million people here at 10am? Turns out the fair draws people from every holler in KY,a feat that only KY basketball can also perform.
Finally feeling ready to throw ourselves into the milling herd (every pun intended) we headed off to the animal exhibits in hopes of seeing a few piggies. Turns out the animal areas were HUGE and filled with cows, pigs, sheep,goats, and horses. Fuschia, being a refined suburbanite had never been so close to farm animals and spent most of an hour enthralled with petting each and every creature.
After discovering that the fried Kool-Aid was just cherry drink mix in funnel cake dough that had been deep fried, we opted for the deep fried Derby Pie drizzled with raspberry sauce and sprinkled with powdered sugar. We both were skeptical that this deep frying and drizzling would in any way enhance the already awesomeness of Derby Pie, but we're always willing to eat saturated fat in the name of research. Boy am I glad we did. That fried pie was easily the best Derby Pie I've ever had. Ever.
The rest of the afternoon we spent looking at bees, tasting honey, admiring quilts, cakes, home canned goods and really hideous hobby craft entries. We went to a petting zoo, walked inside a TARC bus (oh the fun), and entered a few drawings for trips to Disney. I was determined to get my $28 worth. By the time 4pm rolled around my feet were begging for relief so we took a spin around the fairgrounds on the tram. Approaching speeds of 3mph, the tram gave us a chance to cool off, rest and look at the motley assortment of folks milling around. Halfway round the parking lot we conceded defeat to the heat and crowds, jumped off the tram and spent a delightful 30 minutes playing hide and seek with the car.
We'll be back next year for sure, most likely with a few entries of our own and a willingness to dominate the donut burger.