Monday, July 24, 2006

Orange County Fair 2006

Ahhhhh, summertime! It is one of my favorite times of the year! Why? Because it means that it's time for my yearly trek to the Orange County Fair! Today was the hottest day of the year, so of course (!), that's the day I decided to go with Erin in tow!

We headed down a little later than we expected, but still managed to do a quick stop at Chick-Fil-A for a couple of their delicious chicken biscuits! When we arrived, we decided to save $5 by taking advantage of the free parking. So, we parked in the AAA lot and shuttled over to the fair.

The first stop inside was the livestock and farming section. We saw cute, cute, cute piglets! There were three pens of piglets. One pen had 6 day old piglets and another had 8 day old piglets! (I'll have to add pictures when I get home.)

Then we headed over for the flower competition. The flower was the theme of this year's fair and they had a small building that had arrangements and bouquets of flower entries. Some were really cool. At the back of the building, there was a vendor, Kate Chu, who makes art of from pressed flowers. Some of her pieces were amazing!! I bought a small piece to put on my nightstand. I love it.

We started to get hungry after perusing the marketplace area for a while, and Erin declared that we must have a turkey leg. Well, on our way, we passed the face painting booth. I had warned Erin that I would be getting my face painted, as I do every year. Every year, they get the same face painter and she is amazing. Here is what she painted on my face in less than 2 minutes.
We made our way to the smoked turkey leg booth and bought one to share ($8.75). I have never bought one at a fair, so this was a first for me! Exciting! See how excited I look!?

We then went over to the Plaza Stage and watched the Peking Acrobats. Their show was good. We also watched the Aga-Boom clown show. That was a lot of fun and somewhat air conditioned which was a big plus.

For our dessert, we settled on a deep fried Twinkie with raspberry sauce and a deep fried Oreo. Both were good, but I think the deep fried Twinkie was a little better. Deep fried Twinkie
Deep fried Oreos

Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich
I picked out what I'm trying next year though! It's a chicken sandwich with honey of a Krispy Kreme donut. That sounds disgustingly decadent! I think I have to try one just to see how it tastes!!

We did some more shopping and then headed out! It was a long day! Over 10 hours of fair fun!! The great thing was that while it was 90 degrees in Burbank at night, I was actually getting chilly at the fair because it's so close to the ocean. I think I might have to try the LA County Fair, although I'm already feeling like I won't get my money's worth at $15 per ticket!! The OC Fair is a bargain at $8! However, the LA County fair is promoting its fair food already in this press release! I think I'll have to try the pork chop on a stick!


Kiltak said...

Wow, that painting looks fabulous on your face :)

Oh, and by the way, you americans have truly discusting desserts..

Deep friend Oreo? *puke*

I can feel my level of cholesterol raising by just looking at them!

Stephanie said...

Yes I know! I think my cholesterol went down the week I was in Vancouver. All I ate was salmon sashimi in these 1/2 inch thick slices. It was glorious!!!

You have to at least try the deep fried Oreo once! Next stop, deep fried Snickers and avocados!! :-)

Isn't that painting lady amazing? She is truly talented. I've never seen her equal!!

Erin said...

k. you've got me. the pork chop on a stick made the decision for me. if you go to the LA County Fair, I'm game.

p.s.-- I had so much fun at the fair! thanks again!

Stephanie said...

E - I had a fabulous time too! I'm so glad you could go with me. It would not have been NEARLY as fun without you there!!

I'll eat the pork chop on a stick if you will!! :-)

Dawn said...

Sounds like fun! We were really bummed (well, at least I was) that we weren't going to be able to go to the fair this year. But this week we are going to the Boulder County fair, and that should be fun! I'll let you know!

Stephanie said...

I can't wait to hear about it!! We had a great time. I miss you guys!

Melissa CookingDiva said...

I have never had a deep fried twinky :-(

Stephanie said...

You have got to give it a try! It was pretty tasty. I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but I'd highly recommend it if you like Twinkies at all!