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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fair Photos (Northwest Washington Fair 2011)


I love fairs. Everybody loves fairs, don't they? I mean, who wouldn't - it's high summer, hotter than a longshoreman's armpit, and harvest season is in it's first full flush. If you are a farmer, you've been busting your butt all year and are just now seeing the payoff - whether it is in the form of the year's crop of young animals...



...or the bounty from the vegetable garden.



Finally, you get the chance to take a day off and go see the results of other people's labor. Look around and see the array of skills that you don't have yourself, but appreciate. My favorite is the quilting exhibit.

This was a style I have never seen at the fair before - I think it is Mexican, although other cultures also use this beautiful technique.

This is a detail of the Grand Prize Best in Show quilt.

There are delightful oddities to gawk at...




...and of course you have to buy a few tickets for the kids to enjoy the rides...

After a full day of walking around in the heat in August, eating corn dogs or funnel cakes or gyros (or possibly all three), you're bound to feel a little tired....


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Laura said...

The interesting quilting is actually central/south american, is call Molas. It's more applique than quilting, but it is very beautiful!!

I love the piggies! I really enjoy them, and will miss them next year...

Aimee said...

Thank you for the name, Laura! I'm not sure if it's exactly the same, but it looks very much like what the Hmong and other southeast Asian artists do, as well.

Olive said...

Love those little animals especially the alpaca. The small calf is not unlike our Charlie.
The Royal Adelaide Show starts this week, you've put me in the right frame of mind to go along. Thanks.

Melinda C. said...

The Best in Show quilt, titled "Bellingham meets Baltimore," was done by members of the Moonlight Quilters Guild. My mom, Yvonne Black, was one of the two chairpersons in charge of the quilt (Janice Hudson was the other). My mom chose the pattern and color scheme. Love to brag about her--her Lollipop Quilt won Best in Show last year, too! :-)
Melinda

Aimee said...

Awesome Melinda! It is a truly gorgeous quilt.

Vancouver Networking Professionals said...

True, Quilt is Beautiful, Love the idea of Fairs, Hope both kids and elders had a good time in the fair.