At The County Fair

After two years living in Oregon, we finally went to an Oregon county fair, in the county in which we live. I love this picture, above, of us on the ferris wheel. Ferris wheels are always so very fun and magical - especially going on one with someone you love...

We went to the fair early to avoid the crowds and the heat, and had a lovely time...

There were lots of games that fair-goers could play and try to win prizes from...

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There were camels that fair-goers could ride. I took the picture, above, of Mr. Livings standing next to one of the camels who I thought had such a particularly lovely smile...

There was also a wallaby at the fair...

...with a joey in her pouch...So sweet...

I also loved seeing the tracks in the cement leading into the fairgrounds' main exhibition hall...

In that hall were educational exhibits...

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...thanks to the fair, now I know the proper way to trim goat feet...the easy way!

There were also art exhibits in the exhibition hall with very sincere art submissions...like the ladybug and horse paintings above...

And there was also a really neat Lego exhibit, with all the Lego entries under glass:

I thought this one, above, was just wonderful...And I really liked the rooftop garden, with flowers growing, atop one of the Lego houses, pictured below:

In the exhibition hall, there was also a display of baked goods that had been submitted:

...and jams on display too, such as this strawberry jam, below, that won first place:

Every time I see jams, I always think of my old friend, Rachel, who founded the jam company, Blue Chair Fruit...Jam and her are synonymous in my mind...

But the highlight of the fair for me, and the reason I went to the fair in the first place, was for the butterflies. Someone I know, who is from this region, told me that at the fair there was a room of butterflies you could walk amongst. And, as I have been reading this past month all these various books about butterflies from the library...and, as butterflies are simply incredible creatures of such grace and beauty, this was something I simply could not miss. And I am so glad that I went - for it was incredible!

In this room, pictured in the pictures below, you could walk amongst the butterflies. There were monarch butterflies and painted ladies and they were all so very beautiful. Before entering the butterfly room, they  gave each fair-goer a q-tip which you could dip in a sweet liquid in bowls in the room and the butterflies would then land on the q-tip you were holding and then would drink from it. Here, below, is a picture of a painted lady butterfly that landed on Mr. Livings' q-tip he was holding:

And here, above, is a picture that Mr. Livings took of a butterfly that landed on my arm...

A painted lady butterfly also landed on my straw hat too. Mr. Livings took this picture, above, of me with the butterfly on my straw hat...

These two pictures, above, are of that very same butterfly who had rested on my hat for a time, after this beauty flew away and was flying amongst the flowers...So beautiful she was...

As was so beautiful this butterfly, above, too...

In the butterfly room, you could watch all of the stages of the monarch butterfly, emerging...then waiting for their wings to dry...then flying...It was truly incredible! Look:

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It was TRULY amazing to get to watch before my eyes this progression of the monarchs - such a gift to get to see!

And to get so close, eye to eye, with all these wondrous butterflies...Amazing...

They had signs about, warning fair-goers not to step on the butterflies and to make sure they tread lightly and with awareness of the butterflies, some of whom were resting on the ground...

And they had a sign above the mirror at the exit, telling fair-goers to check themselves for butterflies in that mirror to make sure they did not carry a hitchhiker butterfly out of the butterfly exhibit. Above is a picture that I took of Mr. Livings in that mirror, as we checked ourselves for butterflies before leaving the room...

The butterflies were my absolutely favorite part of the fair! They were truly amazing. After we left that exhibit, I was literally skipping and squealing, and exclaiming over and over again to Mr. Livings just how amazing they had been. It was so special to me...and amazing!

Dear butterfly, please return my breath. You took it from me today. Thanks. Mrs. Livings

 

It was a lovely day at the fair...