Armed with a free entry pass, because I was going to participate in a Tai Chi demonstration, I headed off to the Oregon State Fair this morning on my Burgman scooter. What I found was pleasing variety and a fresh vibe that coexisted nicely with traditional fair offerings.
Here's the photographic evidence.
First off, I got a great parking spot right across the street from the entrance. Well, bicycles, motorcycles, and scooters should receive bonuses like this, being more sustainable alternatives to auto energy hogs.
Whac-a-mole! Beautiful. Reminded me of Iraq terrorist strategy not too long ago. Fairs give us so many wonderful metaphors.
I thought about trying to win a giant stuffed tiger for Laurel. But the chances seemed slim. And I was going to look pretty damn ridiculous driving home with it tied to the rear seat of my scooter, if I did manage to win one.
Over at the Sports and Recreation area, we did bring some Taoism to the fair via a Tai Chi demonstration. The woman in the cowboy hat was a kick. I had a good time talking with her. She's a devout Christian who loves Chinese culture. Had lots of positive energy. Enjoys trying new things.
I found a great way to feed my curly fries addiction without clogging up my veins with excessive heart-stopping cholesterol. Since the smallest order of fries was way more than I wanted to eat, I shared with Warren, our Tai Chi instructor, and two fellow students.
This struck me as sheep cruelty. Put a helmet on a kid and have him ride an unwilling animal who got dragged around an arena while being slapped on the rear. It's legs collapsed just after I took the photo. They had to get a replacement sheep. The fair needs to lose this disturbing event.
Part of an order of curly fries wasn't going to sustain me through the whole fair experience. Fortunately, the Vegetarian Gods led me to this booth, the only one of its kind (not surprisingly, given the food most fair-goers were happily chowing down).
Probably wasn't a positioning accident that this booth was right across from the vegetarian fare. I'd already signed a petition to legalize medical marijuana clinics in Oregon, so they didn't want me to sign again.
When the medical marijuana guy saw me taking photos, he said "Here, snap this one." Pretty cool. He tucks the end of his long white beard under his (reversed) baseball cap and puts his dark glasses over it. Perfectly appropriate for a marijuana-related booth.
This cowgirl and cowboy were sitting on the rails when the National Anthem started to play as the American flag rider rode around the arena. They had to figure out how to stand up on the rails. A nice patriotic moment.