A Day at the Fair

Ferris Wheel

I spent the afternoon at the Mariposa County Fair with my friends Ron and Ruby and their two little girls.  It’s been a while since I’ve been to a small fair like this one and it turned out to be a lot of fun!  It wasn’t crowded, was really clean, and had plenty of rides geared toward small children.  And since my main fair requirements are a ferris wheel, a corn dog, and a caramel apple, I was totally satisfied with the experience.

View from the Top

Mariposa is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range and as you can see from the top of the ferris wheel, the fairgrounds are in a beautiful area.  The ferris wheel and the bumper cars were the only rides that called to me this year, but it was fun watching the girls on some of the kiddie rides.

Smokey the Bear

We also ran into Smokey the Bear and a couple of his forest ranger friends.  After promising not to play with matches, Emma got a sticker and a high five from Smokey.

Goldfish Game

Next, Emma, Abby, and Ron tried their best to win a goldfish.  Fortunately, it didn’t happen.

Panning for Gold

The girls also got to watch a demonstration of how to pan for gold in front of the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, which is located at the fairgrounds.

The Road to Food

After we had our fill of rides, games, and exhibits, we headed over to check out the food!

Funnel Cakes!

Funnel cakes are always tempting…

Curly Fries

The garlic fries smelled good…


The lemonade was way overpriced, but delicious!

Smoked Turkey Legs

In addition to smoked turkey legs and pulled pork sandwiches, this place was advertising deep-fried hamburgers.  Huh??

Corn Dog

We found everything from Indian tacos to egg rolls on a stick, but In the end all I really wanted was a corn dog with lots of mustard.  And a caramel apple, of course!

Are you going to a fair this year?  What’s your favorite fair food?

  1. Phil

    I wish I could have gone. Having to work on Saturdays sucks!

    8:07 pm  Sep 1st, 2012
  2. Ruby

    Phil, we missed you! Today was lots of fun!

    8:43 pm  Sep 1st, 2012
  3. Christie

    That looks like a wonderful fair! We went to the Indiana State Fair LAST year, and my partner in crime got… wait for it… a cheeseburger on two Krispy Kreme donuts as the buns. He said it was good, although I certainly was NOT up for that!

    5:45 am  Sep 2nd, 2012
  4. TheBon

    I wonder if the deep fried hamburger is like fleischkuechle (a germans from russia favorite I was introduced to when I lived in North Dakota.) It’s a seasoned beef patty wrapped inside dough and then deep-fried. I tried it once and decided it was not a food for me; my friends referred to it as flesh-knuckle.

    9:06 pm  Sep 2nd, 2012
  5. Patrick

    I remember going to the county fairs when I was growing up. Loved them. Always was fun to people watch at all the red-necks who showed up 🙂 Now I’m on to bigger (but not necessarily better) State fairs. Going to the MN State Fair today and going to consume thousands of calories. I do think that cherry lemonde stand looks refreshing – don’t think they have one at the MN fair.

    7:03 am  Sep 3rd, 2012
  6. Margaret@KitchenFrau

    Oh that brings back memories. For me the treat was always cotton candy – I can still feel it melting on my tongue. (I just won’t think about it being pure sugar and chemical colouring.) I feel like a kid again when I think of country fairs.

    8:59 pm  Sep 5th, 2012
  7. Margaret@KitchenFrau

    Also love your colourful pictures – very appealing.

    9:02 pm  Sep 5th, 2012
  8. Tammie Grey

    Me and my best buddies will be going on a fair this December. We planned it to be this September but it seems that everyone is busy. My fave fair food is hotdog and cheese waffles.

    10:09 pm  Sep 11th, 2012
  9. Oceanside Chiropractor

    Wow! I miss the good ‘ol days when I can go and ride a roller coaster with my friends. Being a mom, it’s kinda hard for me to balance everything now. But would love to try it with my family soon. Did you have a great time? I hope so 🙂

    11:23 am  Sep 12th, 2012
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    7:56 am  Sep 18th, 2012
  11. Bobbie (aka Rebelle )

    Just wanted to let you know that I featured you in my blog post this morning!

    PS. I love fairs and haven’t been to one in years. I really need to go to some and try all the yummy food!

    7:23 am  Sep 23rd, 2012
  12. kellypea

    Wait! Is that me in front of the Funnel Cakes stand? Hahaha! What a fun time! It’s been a while since I’ve been to a small fair as well, but I’d choose that over the big ones any time. Definitely a beautiful location.

    3:36 pm  Sep 30th, 2012
  13. Danny

    Thanks for sharing this! I appreciate it, i might convince my wife to make some of these! I own a cooking ebook website myself all about cooking ebooks! Nice to see fellow sites doing so well! keep it up 🙂

    1:54 am  Oct 9th, 2012
  14. Tim M.

    What a colorful life! I remember when i was a little kid me and my grandpa spend some beautiful time in our little town fair…I lost all the beautiful moments…those kinds of fair was the most magnificent part of my life i think so…I am feeling nostalgic now…anyway, splendid looking pics! & of course two little girls looking so adorable! Love them 🙂

    3:31 am  Oct 9th, 2012
  15. mild

    pretty colors=)

    4:02 am  Oct 9th, 2012
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