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August 19, 2011



Oh, how I miss our county fair. They stopped it two years ago. The smells, I miss the smells. The candy apples, cotton candy, the best hot dogs in the world, and the people. I really, really miss it. Thanks for taking me to yours. You're very lucky.


Ooooh that little white bun, gorgeous! :)


Phew! Many photos! Can I just say I'm loving all the cowboy shirts? Great detail and yokes on some of them.


I want all of those shirts and one of the cows with the pink ears - How cute is he?!?! Your fair looks marvelous and grand. Often one of my favorite children's book comes to mind, Charlotte's Web, and I leave feeling like Templeton at the fair :)


Sweet wholesomey apples, this was wonderful!


I love, love, love your fair photos. It always makes me feel like I went with you. Gotta find me a fair to go to around here now.


I love watching your photography skill progress and improve over the years. It makes me want to get a good camera and actually learn what I am doing. Thanks for sharing these. We're going to miss my favorite fair this year - four kids ages ages 2, 3, 4 and 6 PLUS a two-month-old baby just doesn't sound like much fun at the fair. TOO MUCH. I'll live vicariously through you this year.


Dang. This has really made my day. I remember when you shared this with us last year. Thank you for doing it again!

Denise Leavens

I can't say it enough - Thank you for the BIGGER photo format here! Now, if only there was some way to carry smells over the internet...

angie in asheville

Are your photos SOOC or processed? We have similar cameras and my color is nowhere near as vibrant.
Loved this post.


Did you take those photos using your new camera? Amazing clarity. Really like the animal shots.

a fanciful twist

Every single beautiful precious animal you photographed has eyes that melt into my heart, into my soul, and hit me in such a tender spot, I could cry.

I love the fair. I am so thankful you took us there with you!


Now I will have to keep dreaming of the miniature goat I want.

Bliss sigh.....

Lisa G.

Okay. What first? The photos at the Pioneer Village - especially the man with hat bending over ! Incredible.

The cow with a pewter nose!!

The bunny - precious.

Jana Miller

Amazing photos as always...
xo Jana


wow, those are some gorgeous photos! love the rooster one especially. thanks for sharing!


yummmmmm....ANDY BARS!!! hahahahah xo
love this post Alicia...would love to hug that grey cow!

Christine Strand

Fantastic pictures, Alicia! I feel like I was right up nose-to-nose with the animals and enjoying the rest of the fair with you guys. The Pioneer Village sounded awesome!


How wonderful! I attend the Los Angeles County Fair, and last year they discontinued the kids showing their animals, so sad. I loved seeing your photos, they made my day!


Obviously the purchase of this new camera has allowed you to show us more clearly how beautifully you see. How lovely of you to share your country heart with us. I must say, I'm very smitten with the winning goat (being already rather fond of them -- silly Capricorn) or perhaps it is just that you caught her looking so confident!


My absolute favorite is the Pioneer Village at the Clackamas County Fair! I used to work there helping my friend the Soap Lady! Did you buy Laurelstone Soap???!


Oh my gosh. Thank you so much for this post! I seriously just teared up, at work!

Every summer from ages 0-18 I went to this fair with my aunt and family. We always camped out in her yard the night before and made chocolate chip cookies to take to the police officers working the fair. My mom bought my soap supply for the coming year in Pioneer Village and my cousins and I counted how many piglets we could find.

I went to a fair in Montana (my home now) last week and was so underwhelmed. I was expecting something at least like Canby (this is Montana, after all) and when it didn't live up to my hopes, I spent the rest of the night telling my boyfriend how amazing the Clackamas Co. fair is and that we're going next year no. matter. what.

Thank you so much for all the beautiful photos. You just made my day!

Elizabeth Mackey

Oh how I love a good fair! I have such wonderful memories of going to ours, and getting to see all the beautiful animals. I wanted to be in 4H so badly when I was a kid, especially right after visiting said fair.
I think I commented last year about 4H, and how my husband got to do all kinds of fun things in it, like raising goats, lambs, and pigs. He also built an aviary for parakeets for one project.
I really wanted that for my girls, but we never lived in an area where we could do it.

Your pictures are gorgeous as ever, especially the cows and the up close shot of that chicken!!!
Thanks for sharing :)


Wish we were there.

Sharon D

Your pics are stunning! I know I enjoyed it more seeing it through your artist's eye than if I had been there in person.


Ouc County Fair is coming and I'm on pin and needles. I may get up enough courage to enter some of my jams or jellies. I don't have a new quilt finished for this year. A million years ago, I was a 4-H member, showed my dairy cows and other livestock. I had my share of success. My children followed and they to had their animals and other projects. So, my grandchildren will be carrying on the tradition. Despite all the food, midway rides and other exhibits, in our county it's the camaderie and getting to see old friends that makes the fair for me. I wish everyone could share in this grand old tradition. P.S. Your pictures as always are beyound words!!

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