Monday, September 9, 2013

The Great New York State Fair

This sculpture is made entirely of sand!

For the past four years my family and I have gone to the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY, and we always have a great time! Because the fairgrounds consist mostly of gravel and sand, I keep it pretty low-key when dressing for the occasion. My one nod to glamour was my butter LONDON polish in Two-Fingered Salute and Julie Vos Corsica stacking rings. Everything else had to be able to deal with dirt, sunscreen, barbecue sauce, hay, bird droppings, even rain!

My nod to glamour: butter LONDON polish and Julie Vos Corsica stacking Rings.

All of this means there was no way I could wear my favorite white jeans. I went with dark denim and my trusty J. Crew navy linen shirt. I wish I would’ve bought another one of these. I have worn it all summer long.

Waiting with my daughter for the Go-Kart race to begin! (We came in last.)

If you ever get a chance to visit the New York State Fair I highly recommend it. It usually runs for 12 days at the end of August and a few days into September. The food is terrific, there are a ton of interesting exhibits, great people watching, fun rides for the kids, and you can get the coldest (and best) milk ever for twenty-five cents a cup!

And don’t even get me started on the glamorous chickens and handsome roosters.

What a good-looking fellow!

I love a glamorous chicken. I want a dress that looks like these feathers.

I always spend time seeing all the prize-winning cows. 

Neon was everywhere.

The Rainbow Milk Bar is always popular.

The best, iciest chocolate milk ever! And only twenty-five cents.

I loved the colors in this ribbon-winning quilt by Estie Mowry from Oswego, NY!

A First Place Dahlia.

In the parakeet feeding tent. I love a budgie, especially one coming in for a landing.

Birds flocked to my son’s feet, which he thought was hilarious.


Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Gosh I miss a fair - we don't really have those - there is a fete but it really doesn't have the same atmosphere and there are no ribs!

denton said...

lol on coming in last. New York City people can't drive!

Patti said...

Looks like a grand time! Yes to icy chocolate milk and pretty chickens. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

Anonymous said...

Our county fair is in full swing right now...160 years and going or something like that. Crazy. Not sure if I will hop over there or not. Looks like you had fun at yours though!

Heather Lindstrom said...

What fun Jill! I love the pics and your humor. By the way-the ring is smashing! I had to make a note of that jewelry designer for further swooning. Gorgeous on you!
xx, Heather

Gabriala Brown said...

So much fun! I used to go to the fair every year when I lived in Oregon. Thank you for sharing, love those chickens and what a handsome rooster! xo

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Lovely! You in the bumper car, chickens, quilting, everything. At the other end of the country, I grew up going to the San Diego County fair. I don't miss the smell of the dairy goat barn at all! Best junk food in the universe at these fair.

What, please, was on the tongue depressors in the budgie-feeding tent? I'd be scared that I'd step on one! (They're quick, I know!)
Thanks for the tour!

Jill said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone!

Denton: I didn't lose my driving skills until I moved to NYC, ha ha! Now they've atrophied quite a bit. At least my daughter has now seen me "drive" (well, kinda).

Jan: I used to go to the Del Mar Fair too! I haven't been there in years. I don't know what it is with me and the chickens and roosters. They are just so beautiful and so many varieties are on display at the NY State Fair! As for the budgies--there were seeds all over the sticks and yes, at one point, I DID step on the wingtip of one of the birds! Eeek! Birdie and I were both freaking out, but the bird was not hurt! XO, Jill

Linda said...

Love the fair pics!! You look so cute in that little car, and I love the beautiful colors of that chicken. And that quilt! Wow! Gorgeous colors. Looks like a good time was had by all...