Here it is, my report on this year’s visit to the Oregon State Fair.
We arrived in the late afternoon but you may notice that most of the images here were taken after dark. That is because, for quite a while, I forgot to set the Way Too Complicated Camera to automatic, so the earlier images were all macro closeups of a tooth or a polar bear in snowstorm. Eventually I noticed the mistake and flipped the little setting switch, just in time to capture this mad rabbit.
There were a lot of rabbits, most of them unhappy about various things, wishing they were back home in the garden or at least in better accommodations.
The rabbits are actually housed in a place called the Poultry Building (maybe that’s one of the things that has them piqued). There weren’t many birds on the inside but on the outside of the building there are these fabulous busts of chickens.
I think they would look well as figureheads on the bows of ships with a cargo of maybe eggs or feather-filled duvets or stacks of quiches.
The sun was getting low by the time we left the mad rabbits. From there we went to the livestock barn to visit the cows and sheep and pigs. I want to report that they all have eyelashes and look back at you and make you think that becoming vegetarian is the natural progression of civilization.
This year in the horse arena it was the draft horse competition, where different teams of horses pull wagons through various maneuvers and are judged and given ribbons.
I like the shaggy hooves, like hobbit feet.
The horses seemed to be having a good time, all dressed up and winning stuff, or maybe as soon as it’s all over they get candied apples, who knows?
In the meantime the night had truly arrived.
There were all kinds of people having fun on the midway.
Of course I took a moment to determine if giant stuffed bananas were still the coin of the realm in the world of carnival prizes. To my astonishment the banana market had blossomed into at least three sizes, had taken on new fashion details and had somehow recruited red peppers into the lifestyle.