La Grande Wheel

La Grande Wheel

We took advantage of an offer from Fry’s food store for free entry to the Arizona State Fair yesterday. In previous years we visited on a Saturday so I wasn’t aware of the later opening time on a weekday. This year’s theme, “Share Something AmAZing,” was fitting for our visit. We started in the Coliseum where we wandered about the Fine Art exhibits and stood in awe at the exceptional Photography on display. A special exhibit in the Coliseum was “Sweet: A Tasty Journey.” I took note of the contributions of the following entrepreneurs: Franklin C. Mars, John Cadbury, and William Wrigley, Jr. With the later entry, we had lunch before entering the grounds. I am always amazed at fair food, and their prices. For example, a turkey leg might cost $12.50 and a bacon wrapped turkey leg goes for $20! “Taste of the Fair,” however, offers advertised treats from each vendor from 12-6 p.m. for only $2. We took advantage of this offer with 1 scoop of pumpkin gelato and another of mango from the Gelato Spot. We sat in the Grandstand Arena for much of the All-Indian Rodeo. After our dude ranch experience this past summer, we had a greater appreciation for the events and the horsemanship. Sadly, one of the riders (whose picture while riding I posted on Flickr) broke his leg on falling from his bucking bronco. Pain management is one of the main offerings by assorted vendors in the Commercial Building along with clothing items and other miscellaneous goods. In the Agriculture Center, the Llama Drama featured a blue-eyed llama who looked directly at me. We watched some of the ewe competition in the arena and two sheep being sheared nearby. The Midway is always interesting. The La Grande Wheel, caught me eye, although we did not board this ferris wheel. The Rave Wave sent riders backward at ever increasing speeds and eventually they were covered with a tarp as they reached warp speed. Truly, it was an amAZing day!

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