A couple weekends ago we went to the Deschutes County Fair (Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo) and this is a belated post to share some photos from the Fair.
The Deschutes County Fair is allegedly (according to their website) Oregon’s largest county fair and rodeo. We have attended a couple of times, and honestly we are always a little underwhelmed.
This could because we used to live in Seattle, WA and each year would go to the more impressive Pullayup Fair (Washington State Fair) or because we used to live in Houston, TX and would attend the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. So perhaps the bar was set a little high on what we expect from a Fair/Livestock Show/Rodeo.
Lured by the Promise of “Carnival Eats”
We would have passed on the Deschutes County Fair this year, but Terry the Quilting Husband (TTQH) got hooked on a show on the Cooking Channel called Carnival Eats.
Basically Carnival Eats is an extreme “food porn” show featuring the NAUGHTIEST fair/carnival food ever (we are talking bacon burgers stuffed with cheese set in a glazed Krispy Kreme donut bun) around the country. Some of the carnival food shown on the show makes you gasp and you imagine if you had one glorious bite you would just immediately drop dead of a heart attack from an extreme coronary blockage by fat. But you would die with a smile on your face!
TTQH and I in general eat fairly healthy but after binge watching a couple of the show with Terry, I thought it would be fun this year to go to the Deschutes County Fair and have one very naughty carnival food experience.
Alas, there was only the standard Fair/Carnival food at the Deschutes Country Fair (corn dogs, friend twinkies, elephant ears). Below is a photo of the most exciting offering they had, and we passed on it, It was just not naughty enough to spend the calories on:
Wandering Around the Fair
Our coronary arteries probably thanked us, but we gave up on hopes of any naughty food experiences, grabbed a lemonade and wandered around the Fair. Here are some photos from the day.
The livestock was owned/managed by the adorable 4H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) kids. One kids asked me if I wanted to meet her goat, how could I refuse?
The 4H or FFA kids had posted The Six Pillars of Character:
What would a county fair be without the craft section? First here is a sampling of some the quilts:
And they had a room in which you could watch women hand quilt in various modified versions of quilting circles!
The Fiber Arts
The also had knitting and weaving displays and juried winners:
The Rides (that there was no way in heck I was going on)
In case the signs were not enough to keep me away:
Then the rides themselves accomplished that objective:
Yes, I am a wimp, and proud of it! (smile)
Leaving the Fair
Upon leaving the fair, I asked TTQH if he was less likely to eat meat after meeting all those farm animals. He replied: “That was very cute bacon and if I knew it’s name I would personally thank it while having breakfast”.
No vegetarianism in TTQH’s future!
Returning to what originally drew us to the fair – the promise of naughty fair food, I looked around the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s website and discovered they had a list of their Fair Food – 2017 Carnival Food
Now, look at these delicacies we did not have access to at the Deschutes County Fair:
- Flaming Hot Cheetos Roaster Corn & Flaming Hot Cheetos Corn in Cup
- Nutella Funnel Cake & Oreo Churros with filling
- Flaming Hot Cheetos Pizza
- Deep Fried Tim Tams & Deep Fried Chocolate Covered Marshmallows
- Bacon Nutella Pickle, Pickled Cheese-on-a-Stick, & Shrimp and Pickle Basket
- Pork Chop-on-a-stick, Loaded Baked Potato Bites & Deep Fried Nachos
So right now your mouth is either watering or your stomach is turning!
We ended up having a nice late lunch after the fair at a local brewery.