Monday, October 03, 2011
Fried Food, and a Whole Lot More, at the LA County Fair
Another Los Angeles County Fair is now history. We battled rush-hour traffic on the 210 -- not an easy task -- on Friday evening, all the way down to Pomona, in order to take in the fair at least once before Sunday, when it shut down for another year. It's impossible to hit everything in one evening (particularly a warm Friday evening, when the Fairplex was packed), but we did a pretty good job with two kids in tow.
We focused particularly on kid attractions and rides, and there was no shortage of that -- from the shark demonstration to the Esmerala's Traveling Circus, and "Jurassic Planet" to "America's Kids." A few pics:
Site of the first-ever roller coaster experience for the Blogger Kid and Blogger Toddler 2.0. It was light-hearted kiddie-level roller coaster thrills, but I still had to hold on to the toddler (who might have slid out of his seat during the curve otherwise!).
This was no ordinary funnel cake. Mocha batter, covered with mocha crumbles, chocolate syrup, powdered sugar and whipped cream. (And from a vendor named "Fat Franky," no less.) So bad for you. Yet so amazing. Hey, when at the County Fair, right?
Speak of the devil... yeah, we hit Chicken Charlie's, and yes, the kids were keen on chicken and waffles. But the chicken is rotisserie, not fried. And Maria and I got hummus and pita with our chicken instead of fries or waffles.
Returning for another year, the "Jurassic Planet" exhibit is always a hit with the kids.
Bungee! No, we didn't try -- although I bet the Toddler 2.0 would have been game.
I'm sorry to say we were (a) too full and (b) not up for a stroke. But a maple bacon donut sounds like something we would have wanted to try.
No, we didn't turn around and eat a GIANT BLOCK OF FRIES SMUSHED TOGETHER. I asked the people at the table next to us if I could take this picture of their eats.
The Museum of Neon Art, soon to relocate to Glendale, had a presence at the fair as well, and hooked up some of its collection to decorate.
If PETA didn't like the City of Glendale's fake float elephant, I can pretty much assume they won't be a fan of this real-life elephant ride.
This kind of thing seems so stereotypical and County Fair cliche, yet here it is: Come See the Freakish-Sized Animals!
But I gotta admit, the shark show -- in which a trainer hops in the water and interacts with sharks -- was kind of fun to watch.
Blogger Kid's favorite part of the entire County Fair: The model railway.