Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Feeling Better

Finally had a day when it wasn’t raining and I wasn’t coughing a lot or just wiped out. This summer cold really hung on a long time. I finished the decking on the front porch. I still need to order the bench brackets that I wanted to use in place of the railing. They used to carry them at Lowe’s but not anymore. Hmm, I wonder why? I used them on our rear deck and I like how it turned out.

This afternoon (Wednesday), Bridget and I went to the Tanana Valley State Fair. All of the Alaska fairs call themselves "State Fairs". This is basically the local county fair. Like all fairs, there is "fair food" available. This is the one item that sort of stood out to me. This is almost as bad as the Cheese-a-Saurus burger at the Food Factory that used two grilled cheese sandwiches to serve as the bun. I didn't try this.

There were several barbecue places. This one had a pretty cool smoker and was new to the fair. I don't remember seeing this one before. There were only a fraction of booths compared to previous years. I'm told that they raised the vendor rates to the point where many decided that they wouldn't make enough money.  Even most of the amusement park rides are gone. Actually, they set up at the Carlson Center since the fair was charging so much. Let's see if the competition improves things.

The weather was typical fair weather for here. In other words, we got rained on. I had some typical fair food (for me). Roasted corn-on-the-cob, some "Cowboy Fries" and a Dole Whip. The fries were too salty with too much barbecue sauce. The pulled pork was pretty good. And a Dole Whip is always good.

It's kind of sad to see how much the fair has shrunk over the years. It used to be a place that we would visit daily for the week it ran. Today, we were there for under 3 hours and had walked through it a couple of time. At least I got my moneys worth! (It was "senior day" so anyone over 60 was free!)

4 comments:

david R said...

Glad to hear you feeling better. I haven't been to the fair yet, Cee reported much the same when she was there Sunday. We will go to the Palmer Fair too and go to hear the Tower of Power band.

redlegsrides said...

Good to see you're feeling better, though I had the impression you'd gotten over that cold a while back?

RichardM said...

No, it’s been dragging on and on and on for over a month....

RichardM said...

The fair was about what was expected these days. Low expectations...