We had a pretty good time, although we didn't spend a whole lot of time with what I think of as traditional Fair activities -- looking at livestock. There was more livestock there than at the DuPage County Fair, but not as much as the New Mexico State Fair the last time I was there (1980 or so). Also, the San Diego County Fair doesn't have all of the small animals on display at once -- for example today they only had roosters (or perhaps chickens), and tomorrow they bring in the rabbits and cavies (guinea pigs).
We didn't get there quite as early as we'd hoped, not leaving until almost 10:00 when the fair opened. But after parking at a remote lot and taking the shuttle we were still there reasonably early. We headed over to the pig races, but they didn't seem to be running when scheduled. We worked our way through the sheep and goats and back to the main axis of the fair. At which point we decided we wanted lunch.
In several of the promotions for food at the fair we'd seen ads for a "Texas Pork Tenderloin" sandwich. We both instantly noticed that the sandwich wasn't a Texas sandwich but an Iowa sandwich, but we still wanted one. After asking the information booth, we found the place serving them and decided to split one.
After our sandwich, we spent some time looking at the collections and fiber crafts. The collections entered were very varied -- including one of a years worth of collie hair. We decided that there was no reason for Tara not to enter her robots next year at least if she wants to.
After that we headed downstairs and watched a robot competition for a few minutes, while Tara talked to the mother of one of the competitors. We next stopped off to get a couple of small Corn dogs -- OK we were being bad by getting fair food today, but we also walked quite a bit.
We then spent quite a while looking at the gems and jewelry (Tara looked at a lot of the jewelry from the vendors, and I concentrated on the gem and stone displays). We then moved across an air wall to the wood working exhibit. In the woodworking area we found several pieces of furniture we'd both like if we could afford them.
Next we wandered one of the vendor halls, and found mostly the same stuff I'd expect at any fair.
We next found some cheese curds -- recommended by the information guy after we mentioned being from the Mid-West. While Tara sat for a while (her knee popped out on her) I looked around another hall that had some flower exhibits and more vendor displays, many of which were for hot tubs.
We finished off the day with me getting some fry bread -- but with Strawberries and cheesecake topping, Tara getting some deep fried Oreos and then a quick visit with the chicken, cows and dairy goats before leaving and heading home.
On the way home we, or more correctly I, stopped by the Vitamin Shoppe and then both stopped in at Trader Joe's (inspired in part by this posting) before heading home to a dog who'd been locked in for a bit longer than he often is.
Since they were very little -- if any -- more than a single day admission, I'd picked up unlimited use tickets. So we may come back sometime before the fair ends. In fact, if Tara doesn't have to work some day, we may go there after work (I can take The Coaster to Soloana Beach and then take the 101 bus back (or just take the bus I used to to the UTC and then the 101 bus up) to the fair.
Also, during our time in the gem and woodworking areas, I realized that if we'd had Derrick he would have been board stiff and we couldn't have spent as much time looking around. I'd like him to be more willing to look at this kind of thing and more tollerant of things that we like to do (not that I neccessarily was when I was younger).