Fair offers food, fun

first_imgSiblings Daniel Griffiths, 8, and Maia, 6, said it was the roasted corn and the funhouse that they were looking forward to. Inside the home crafts building, people marveled at the eggshell crafts display. Pat Boddi sat at a table piecing together eggshell jewelry pieces that dazzled in pinks and violets. Boddi, who represents the California Tri-County Egg Artists, has been working with eggshell crafts for 18 years. Boddi received a first-place award this year for a golden scepter with a metallic blue egg covered with purple and white jewels. Inside the Youth Expo building, the artwork of preschoolers and high schoolers was displayed side by side. From spider-laced cupcakes to quilts and blankets, children of all ages were encouraged to submit artwork, and they were judged through a Danish system that leaves most kids with an award of some sort. “It’s like a little city that comes to life,” said Pam Doss, assistant superintendent for the Youth Expo. “The day after the fair is always a sad day – it’s like the little city dies,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesFor Ventura County resident Darlene Farwell, it was the country table settings that caught her eye. “There is so much creativity and so much talent,” Farwell said. Farwell has been attending the fair since she moved to Ventura four years ago. The fair offers numerous food options, including this year’s new addition, Los Angeles staple Pink’s Hot Dogs. The fair also has two separate carnival ride areas – one for young children and a midway area with rides for the entire family. VENTURA – Clear blue skies and coastal breezes were just two of the reasons people flocked Saturday to the 131st Ventura County Fair. “We like to call this a country fair with ocean air,” said Craig Underwood, president of the board of directors of the 31st District Agricultural Association, which stages the annual event. Running through Aug. 13, the fair offers everything from farm animal judging to flower displays and free concerts, including one by the classic rock group Foreigner – and even pig racing. “The essence of our fair is tradition and history,” Underwood said as he explained the decision in favor of the “Heart of the Country” theme chosen for this year’s fair. last_img

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