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September 9th, 2005
State Fair

I never did post my State Fair roundup, did I… Hurricane interruptions, etc…

Anyway, my six days at the Oregon State Fair were fabulous. They were also really tiring. This year the Oregon Country Fair was asked to bring some of their coolness to the Oregon State Fair. It was quite a match – the OCF is reknowned for great arts and crafts, great food, a nutty atmosphere… very lefty, very embrace-your-inner-hippie. And before anyone yells at me for that last phrase, I totally dig the OCF and go each year if I can. The OSF, on the other hand, is a very traditional state fair – you have your ag barns, your 4H, your hall filled with quilts and baking and canning and photography… and let’s not forget the carnival and fried food and petting zoo! (Why anyone pays for the mostly goat-filled petting zoo when they can pet ‘em for free in the ag barn is beyond me… but I was a farm kid, what can I say…).

But it was a good match, nonetheless. We brought our fine arts and crafts and our REALLY good food and our (albeit toned down) nutty atmosphere, and the good people of Oregon came down and said Hi. I had SO MUCH FUN talking to all the people who stopped at my booth. The PSM crowd has a lot of tourists; the State Fair was almost entirely Oregonians. We are so friendly, let me tell ya – everyone said hi, asked how I was doing, wanted to chat. I loved every minute of it… well, except for that one group of bratty teenagers…

Anyway. Sales were good. My mom and dad lent me my siblings for the weekend, who also seemed to enjoy themselves, and their tent trailer, so we camped over the weekend. My neighbors were fabulous, I bartered for some really great loot, and came home feeling so upbeat about it all. It was like summer camp for grownups, Market camp if you would. And the food… OCF food is every bit as good as PSM food and I ate well. The food vendors always spoil the craft vendors, and this was no exception.

In short, I told the organizer that if they do it again next year, I’d love to come back – for all 11 days even. I told her that as a vendor I loved it, and would love to see it become a regular thing. If you missed it, hopefully they’ll do it again next year and you can come on down. It was really a nice bit of both the nutty Country Fair and the traditional State Fair. And I love ‘em both.

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