The San Diego county Fair

Last week we took a look into the movie “Alice Through the Looking Glass” this week we explore the 2016 San Diego county fair that just happens to be themed “Mad about the Fair” a tribute to Alice in Wonderland.

This years San Diego county fair will surely go down in history as one of the best if not the best ever. There is literally something for everybody of every age and a whole lot more than meets the eye!

If you’re into thrills and excitement there is certainly plenty of rides, games and activities to choose from. If your heart can take it you can bungee jump from a tower that looks to be 100 feet high!!! If free falling 100 feet isn’t your thing there is always the Ferris wheel located at the west end of the fair grounds. The spectacular view of the Del Mar beaches is more than worth the price of admission and the ride. For the best bang for your buck and stomach friendly, hands down ride the chair lift from one side of the fair to the other.

Beyond the rides are world class exhibits offering every thing from amazing wood work, shell collections, flowers and plants to precious gems and stones, expert needle point to rare collections of memorabilia and more. The craftsmanship in the woodworking exhibit is really amazing. You should see the hand crafted guitars, furniture and even a beautiful wood surfboard inlaid with wood turtles. Going into each exhibition is like visiting a different world-class museum.

There is an abundance of outstanding top-notch entertainment including Los Lonely boys who put on a show that wowed the crowd. Past and present superstars such as Michael McDonald and the band Switchfoot are also performing at this years’ fair along with hundreds of other lesser known but highly talented acts. Visitors to the fair who can’t make it to Hawaii this summer can enjoy Polynesian music and dancing. There is even a team of clowns roaming around on pogo stilts that put on a fantastic display of human athleticism.

Who can go to the fair and not get a corn dog and lemonade? Plenty of people including vegans, vegetarians and health nuts. Fortunately there are plenty of “healthy” food choices other than the corn dogs, cotton candy and deep fried Kool-Aid to choose from! And for the beer experts, a plethora of micro and specialty beers are available.

Beyond the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of the San Diego county fair are the countless people paid and volunteers who help make the fairgrounds safe, clean and FUN!!! Despite 10’s of thousands of fair visitors each day the fair remains safe and a great place to bring a family, friend or date. The fair draws a good crowd and the organizers continue to play a vital part in ensuring a good environment. Mad Hats off to the organizers, parking personal, information volunteers and security that put their time and effort into one of the greatest fairs on Earth — the San Diego (Del Mar Fair)!!!

Next Thursday we explore surf writer Chris Ahrens new book “Behold What is Greater than I” as well as learn a little about the man behind the stories.