Eating, Drinking, and Hopefully Some Merriment in There Somewhere

I know that I can’t be the only one planning my strategy for the Orange International Festival occurring this weekend at the Plaza.

Last year we waited in line for what seemed like hours as the woefully unprepared Girl Scouts were bombarded with customers at their sno-cone booth. They may have been short-staffed or something, because it would have been all too easy to walk away without paying. But then, who would do something like that? Never mind, don’t answer.

Then a bit later we hit the El Modena High School’s Mexican food booth, and I have to say it was fairly tasty.

Sometimes the whole affair can be a bit overwhelming, as it usually takes approximately a half hour to find a parking spot, and then the valiant attempts not to get crushed by all the people. I think we made it to only two “streets” and the middle part last year, as it was intensely hot and we had forgotten the stroller, so our little man was not digging the scene. If It hadn’t been for the sno-cone, it would have been total anarchy.

Clue me in on some of your favorite things to eat/drink at the Festival. And no fair not telling just because you want to keep the good stuff to yourself.

3 Comments so far

  1. DanGarion (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 8:51 am

    I’d say my favorite thing last year was the beer. And then there is the beer, and also the beer.

    No honestly, just about everything is good there. I actually sort of enjoyed the Irish fries. There is something about slimy fries with liquid cheese and ranch dressing on them. Also all the sasuages are pretty good. There is so much stuff it’s hard to remember what I liked, especially since I drank some nice beer.


  2. Michael Doss (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 10:15 am

    Overwhelming is the right term – both times I’ve gone, I just felt like I was going to be swept away in the crowd. I can’t even imaging trying to park and navigate with a stroller.


  3. Dave Share (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 6:56 pm

    I have to say living only 2 blocks from the circle (4 blocks closer than I parked last year) is very exciting! I’m definately looking forward to attending, but not looking forward to working at the local hospital on saturday. I fear we’ll be really busy. As for my fave place, you can’t go wrong with the kettle corn folks.

    And if I may plug, the martial arts studio across from Rod’s Liquor will be holding demonstrations throughout the days of the fair. Stop by and see us!



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