This year's butter sculpture was a version of American Gothic. When I go to the fair it is the first thing I want to see. The whimsy of the idea of sculpting out of butter is just charming to me. I did like the rockstar cows better. If you check out the link, it is the story behind our local butter sculptor.
Since my sister Meesha moved back to Utah, we decided that we needed to go play and do the fun things our husbands and kids thought were lame. The State fair was our first outing. My goal was to get some cool pictures more than anything else, but I decided that I need to take a class or something. I am not willing (yet) to put in the money to buy a good camera, so all I do is cell phone photography, and I just don't know what I am doing wrong. Everything comes out blurry and dull. I try to sharpen and brighten after the fact, but that just makes everything look artificial. Oh well. Here is the best that I got below.
Piggy mama and babies.
This was the petting tent. If you don't think about these animals being harvested for food it is a lot more fun... :)
On the spot spinning lesson.
and baby ducks!
I love listening to the judges. They talk about the lines they are looking for on the animal,size, and proportion. It reminds me a lot of the bodybuilding competition I was in. Same concept I suppose.
These goats cracked me up. They were making the wrong sound! They sounded like Ma in Babe.
Look at this fancy animal! So glossy and perfect I had to snap a picture. then I noticed the guy leading was matching. Do you think that was on purpose?
Here is where they make them perfect for judging. They were shaving, and spray painting, combing, trimming and polishing. Fascinating. ALSO like the bodybuilding competition!
It is tradition to be a little bit naughty at the fair right? This was pineapple ice cream in a float with passionfruit juice. 8.50!(overpricing is also a fair tradition) but it was delectable.
We took it in with us to the free circus that was part of admission. We only stayed for the trick dogs and the trapeze artist.
She was amazing though! Once she was done, a clown came out, and the float was gone, so we left. We aren't big circus people. No exotic animals in this one either as far as we could tell. That was a relief. The ethics worry me anymore.
We finished up at the flower exhibits, which made me want to plant dahlias even more. I can't believe the size of these guys. Maybe Meesh and I will hit Gardner village next!