Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tootling Around the County Fair

Only one more day before the 91st Annual San Benito County Fair opens at Bolado Park for the weekend. Whooo-hooo!

Yesterday evening, I noticed that a few of the carnival rides were up. That took me back to being 8 or 9 years old when I went to the fair (the San Benito County Fair, in fact) for the first time and I rode the crazy spinning ride for the first time and I experienced vertigo for the first time. Oh, joy! It took a few more times before I was cured from going on any kind of spinning rides again.

There are so many things to check out at the fair—the livestock, 4-H displays, and the quilting, crafts, baking, arts, and other fair entries. There are also the community group booths, the vendors, the model train exhibit, and more. One year, the Husband and I plunked down a dollar each to see The Strange Thing. After reading all the signs outside of the booth, who wouldn't want to know what The Strange Thing was.  So, what was it? An old beat-up, dried lizard-looking body that we were told was the legendary chupacabra monster. Uh-huh.

And, when your tootsies are tired from tootling around the displays and exhibits, you can park yourself in front of the one stages and listen to a live band or watch dance troupes, jugglers, a magician, or, perhaps, a hypnotist put willing fair guests under his spell. I did that one year. Yup, I did. If you'd like to read my hypnosis experience, please click here.

For a schedule of events, including All Alaskan racing pigs, truck pulls, and kid tractor pulls, click here.

Today I'm taking part in Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday. To check out what other bloggers are featuring about the letter T, please click here.

All this week I'm writing about the San Benito County Fair. If you want to see a few more photos of our fair, here are Monday's post, Tuesday's post, and Wednesday's post.


  1. Fairs are a great thing to do in the weekend:) Now I'm off to your google map, because I have no idea where Hollister is! (I live in Pioneer)

    1. Did you find Hollister? We're right next to Tres Pinos where the fair takes place, which is a few miles north of Paicines, which used to be named the other. :-) Seriously, we're about an hour south of San Jose as in the Burt Bacharach song that Dionne Warwick made popular years ago.

  2. I love our little county fair, it's the highlight of the summer...

    1. We're a small county. The county fair is one of the big events of the year.

  3. Wonderful photos of this pretty fun place, wonderful !

  4. Looks like a great time♪


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