Well you’ve followed this blog long enough to notice each post title is one word. I decided on day #1 that would be fun to do and I’ve kept up the trend. But my conundrum was whether I should entitle the post “Fare” or “Fair”? Funnel cake is fare to be eaten at the fair … not a earth-shattering dilemma of course, but I couldn’t decide so “Conundrum” it is.
This morning I decided to mosey over to Gregory Park for the annual Lincoln Park Days event. People had already staked out their picnic table and were lugging grills and oversized coolers to their area. As I walked through the grounds I took in the atmosphere of this event which combines great fair food and traditional carnival rides you tried out as a kid. There was even a Ferris wheel. Unless I missed them, I didn’t see the pony rides. I think the pony rides area was my favorite go-to place at any local fair or carnival. I’d head there in a heartbeat before I’d try the scary rides – I like to be in control. I also used to spend considerable time at the booth trying to win a stuffed animal on a stick or a goldfish – a couple of weeks’ worth of allowance blown on a $0.25 goldfish.
There were food vendors galore. The last time I was at a fair, probably the State Fair circa the late 60s, the food du jour was a hot dog with everything on it, a paper cone-type cup of fries and a large, freshly squeezed waxed cup of lemonade. The treats might have included cotton candy, an elephant ear and/or some funnel cake. After trying all the fair fare, I remember feeling like I couldn’t move and not so sure I wanted to climb onto any rides where I would be turned upside down like The Zipper!! I had to chuckle to myself because the vendors here were touting Mexican food like nachos and chicken or steak fajitas, all to be washed down with a smoothie. A little edgier fair fare than I remember. But elephant ears and funnel cake still both rank high as fair faves and touted on the menus of several vendors. Labor Day is looming large and the Michigan State Fair is next weekend – the unofficial sayonara to all things Summer.
I rather like the festive flair the above fair photo gives this blog post, and now that I’m blogging in triplicate, i.e. here at my original blog at WordPress, the hyperlocal “Patch” and my last four blog posts are featured with the Community Bloggers Forum at “Heritage Newspapers”, I should jazz up my posts with a photo to give them some pizazz going forward. In the past, I’ve peppered some personal photos throughout the blog and included an occasional picture that suits the topic of the day. I promise not to disappoint and hope to enhance my near-daily posts … hope you will agree.