Too Long at the Fair

By , August 4, 2014

I skipped posting on the blog yesterday, because Aly worked the last shift of the Sheldon Museum’s booth at the Southeast Alaska State Fair Saturday night. We spent much of the day and evening there, and slept in late the morning. Also, because power’s low right now, I didn’t want to go on line until Aly’s prearranged Skype visit with her boyfriend, which didn’t happen till yesterday evening. She has news for him I didn’t want to spoil: one of her photos from Ireland won first prize in the macrophotography category!

Aly and her prize winning photo (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Aly and her prize winning photo (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Besides a rare chance to visit with friends we don’t often see, we enjoyed the fair’s entertainment, particularly the Skagway Areal Company, a 3-woman aerialist troupe from Skagway. We’re absolutely thrilled to see such rare talent from our own region. These ladies presented a program of the type of aerialism one sees at Cirque Soleil and others, performed on hanging lengths of fabric. They are very, very impressive!

Yesterday, in discussing the fair, we realized that unlike most carnival based fairs, our fair has real food. No one sold cotton candy, candy apples, or anything deep fried on a stick. Instead, our fair offers sushi, Cajun food, pizza, burgers, and Mexican seafood and a whole lot more. The closest thing to regular fair food might have been kettle corn or corn on the cob. Only a couple booths sold French fries.

Much of the food came from the staffs of local restaurants, some from civic organizations, a few from individuals. It makes deciding what to eat difficult. Too bad we were only there for one meal.

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