June 30th, 2004

red panda eating bamboo

San Mateo County Fair

I have a fondness for the San Mateo County Fair. Maybe it's because my folks both come from smallish Illinois farming towns but they raised me in a hoity-toity suburb and never took me to any county fairs and I'm seeking my true roots. This year I am considering entering some of my crocheting and/or jewelry in their "California Living" home crafts exhibition.

The entry categories are here:
http://www.sanmateocountyfair.com/enter.html

I'm vastly amused by all the various categories for entries, especially in the foods section. Apparently people and companies can sponsor special categories. Someone sponsored a "most humorous quilt" category, and here's a category sponsored by a company called Monterey Mushroom:
DIVISION 541 - " CARB FRIENDLY " MUSHROOM DISH APPETIZER OR MAIN DISH

And then there's
DIVISION 548 - SPAM - SPAM - SPAM
All entries must use at least one can of Spam.

and
DIVISION 551 - KNIFE SHARPENING CONTEST
Criteria: 1. Objective bevel & consistency 2. Final edge ability to cut the following items: tomato, paper & carrot

[Update: Also, The Village People are performing the evening of August 20.] Spam and The Village People. Now that's America.
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