Letting My Inner Child Out to Play: The County Fair


For some, a trip to county fair is a yearly family tradition.  Though I never attended the fair with my family, and have only been a handful of times over the years, I’ve embraced trips to the fair and indulge my inner child by going every so often.

Hubby and I attended the fair this year, and though we did more eating, photographing, and people watching than riding, drinking or game-playing, we still had a great time.  Good Lord – the things people wear!  The things we ate!  Oh, and the new rides are much more intense than the older rides.

Speaking of food, here’s what hubby and I shared: a churro, garlic butter fries with bacon, a funnel cake, a giant Western sausage with waffle-cut fries, and a deep fried Snickers with a side of soft serve vanilla ice cream. I know – ug.  I had a food hangover the day after our trip to the fair, and drank lots of water in a vain attempt to flush all the crud from my system.

I had a great time taking in the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the fair, and the photographer in me enjoyed capturing images that visualize some of my fair experience.  Here are some of the photos I took while at the Orange County fair.  I hope you enjoy them…










Please feel free to share some of your favorite fair foods, rides, or memories.  I really enjoy hearing from my readers!

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted July 28, 2011 at 10:43 am by Barbara Cordill | Permalink

    Melody…Your photos continue to amaze me.

  2. Posted July 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you – I really appreciate your kind words. I’m so glad you like the photos!

  3. Posted July 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm by Evette Rice | Permalink

    Looks like great fun, Melody. And sky-rocketing cholesterol!
    My most memorable ride was the Tilt-a Whirl. I was trying to avoid someone so, I rode and rode and rode, over and over again. On the way home, we had to stop along side the road because I was so sick. I had to sleep it off.

  4. Posted July 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for commenting – and for sharing your fair story. Of course now I’m curious about who you were avoiding, and why, but don’t mind me. Hee hee!

  5. Posted July 29, 2011 at 4:21 am by Darlene | Permalink

    These are all great. The kid in me loves them as does the big kid. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Posted July 29, 2011 at 7:40 am by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for reading, and commenting! There are many great photographic opportunities at the fair, and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos I selected to share…

  7. Posted July 30, 2011 at 7:45 am by Julie | Permalink

    Oh, the dreaded Zipper. I spotted that in your photos. Did you ride it? I rode it once in high school and never again will I get on that ride.

  8. Posted July 30, 2011 at 9:45 am by Melody | Permalink

    I certainly didn’t it ride during my most recent visit to the fair – but I did have fun taking photos! I’m not 100% sure, but I think this is one of the rides I’ve always avoided. I’m more of a roller coaster girl, versus spinning rides that make you sick. Thanks for commenting, and for sharing something about the fair!

  9. Posted August 2, 2011 at 10:15 am by Terry | Permalink

    I used to LOVE the Zipper – now the idea of riding it makes my knees weak. I took my kids to the Fair the other day and the first thing they wanted to do was ride the Tilt-A-Whirl. That ride always seemed so “tame” to me as a kid, because it’s so low to the ground and doesn’t have the “height” danger factor that rides like the Zipper have. So I rode the Tilt-A-Whirl with them. I felt like my stomach was going to fly out my ears. I would have covered my ears with my hands to keep it from happening, but I was too busy holding on for dear life. Never again, Tilt-A-Whirl. I’m sure they call it that because “Nauseating Death Ride” doesn’t have that carnival sound to it…

  10. Posted August 2, 2011 at 8:56 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thanks for commenting. Hahaha! You’re absolutely right – Nauseating Death Ride isn’t quite as appealing…