OC Fair: Horticulturally Challenged


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This stunning horticultural achievement is on display that the OC Fair. Sort of makes one appreciate the hard work the Mouse House puts into it’s flower beds huh? Frankly, I can’t even figure out exactly what this mess of flowers is supposed to look like. A sunburst in hell perhaps?

This little slice of landscaping is the perfect visual aid to depict what it is I don’t like about the fair. It’s a disorganized mess, lightly formed into something that looks familiar and yet cheap – all for the price of eight dollars.

Why do people go to the fair? I just don’t get it. There seem to be two types of individuals: Those who insist that the fair rawks and those who insist it “sucks matzo balls”. At least that’s how my friend (and consistently amusing yenta) Gina puts it – ok so she left out the “matzo” when she said it, but you get the general idea.

There just isn’t much value to what the fair has to offer me. Am I missing something? It smells like beer, rancid peanut oil and cow dung. Yummy. Why do half the people I meet seem to think it’s so great? Is there some super secret really fun thing I somehow missed when I was there that would totally rock my socks and make me feel like I wasn’t in a sunburned purgatory for sweaty carnies?

No seriously, is there some sort of hidden gem or delightful charm that I just can’t find? I don’t think it exists – but if it does then I’d like to know why it’s so damn hard to find. Skip the fair. Go to the beach.

6 Comments so far

  1. Dave Share (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

    Jon, you crack me up. “sunburned purgatory for sweaty carnies”….loving it.

    Really the only reason I go to the fair is the food. GREAT BBQ, corndogs, lemonade and fried desserts! People watching can be quite fun too! Rides and flowers and stinky animals can rot and die with the carnies, just leave me the great food and hilarious (and somtimes depressing) people watching!

  2. Gary Kephart (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 8:53 am

    I like the food, people watching, some of the stuff for sale, the veggie garden and the photo contest. Sometimes I go see the animals just ’cause I’m a city kid and don’t get to see them that often. I don’t go on the rides or do the games.

  3. Gina (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 9:21 am

    Well, perhaps being one of the only people here with a kid, I have a different perspective on things.

    This year, my son loved the rides (went on dollar-ride Thursday, of course) and the surfer-themed kids play area they had set up.

    I personally enjoy some of the shopping, and especially the art and photography exhibits.

    If you had gone to Ralph’s, Jon, you could have gotten in for four bucks. Or even the days when you can donate canned food instead of paying the admission price.

    Parking is a bit steep, though.

  4. Michael Doss (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 9:24 am

    Hey! I have a kid. But she’s only 1.

    I like the idea of the food (for Vegetarians, there’s only so much fried potato and sweets I can eat), I like seeing the animals, and I like the hall of products. People watching is good too.

    I usually stroll through the games and rides, maybe trying one or two games before leaving.

    There’s also Weird Al, or the other free acts – well worth the price of admission.

  5. DanGarion (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

    The art / Photo exhibits are worth the ONLY $8 dollar admission. Name anything else in Southern California that you can do for $8 bucks.

    If you can’t find value in that then you must just stay inside all the time.

  6. CinOC (unregistered) on August 1st, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

    Yeah, the popularity of the fair always confused me too, what with Disneyland right down the road and all. I can understand where the other commenters are coming from, but of the stuff listed only the Weird Al concert really tempts me.

    And since Dangarion put out the challenge: Santa Ana Zoo, $6 for adults and $3 for kids.


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