I'm just nutty for state fairs. When I lived in Dallas (Texas) I went every year. Now I'm in Oregon and just as enamored with the animals, corn dogs, exhibits, schwag, and canned goods. Love perusing the pickles!
This year, I'm going to compete. I was worried that as a professional cook, I wouldn't be able to enter baked or preserved items. But, I queried the State Fair office and got a big 'thumbs up.'
I'm entering tomato juice, mixed veg pickles, sauerkraut, dill pickles, whole wheat bread and two, two-crust pies; cherry and mixed berry. The entry form is due August 5, with the actual goods due in mid August.
I have 24 days to create Blue Ribbon pickles and pies.
I need to generate a schedule, and get started. The next few weeks will be a flurry of recipe testing and pickle making. It's fun to have a goal. Especially a cooking goal.
I made a lovely Marionberry pie last night. It's pretty delicious.
To get the flavor of the fair, here are some photographs I forgot to post from last year's event. I went on opening day, it rained, and it was a blast.
Me with the Oregon State Parks mascot. Here's the blacksmith who made really fabulous iron stuff. I bought a knife made from a rail road tie.
Oh hey, check it out, the Oregon Republican Party had a raffle to win a RIFLE! How cool is that? You don't see this stuff in NW Portland.
Last year I even learned how to rope a dogey by an authentic Pendleton cowboy.
Ooo, I love the Fair. It's "Too Big to Miss!"