Even though it seems all my Trip Reports flop, I'm doing this one anyway because I feel like it.
This year we decided to head to the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton on a weekday because of lack of free weekends and we hoped it wouldn't be as crowded.
While the fair wasn't packed like it is on the weekends, it was far from the ghost town I was expecting.
Of course this year both my dad and I entered the fair with hobby collections. My dad did American Graffiti (his favorite movie) and I did Dodge Vipers. He won 2nd with his and I won 3rd. I didn't take pictures of my display at the fair this year, it slipped my mind at the time.
All the pictures can be found in their Flickr set
When I'm not alone I tend to take fewer pictures, as I feel like I'm holding them up, this time I tried to avoid this and kept my camera in my hand to make me take more pictures.
A few of the displays in the Young California building (all the 4H and younger entrants into the fair are here, except the hobby collections)
Two of my loves in one, duct tape and a Dodge Super Bee. I couldn't believe there was actually a category for duct tape.
There was quite a few embroidered aprons on display, this one caught my eye. I'm not sure if it was computer assisted or not.
Going on a weekday meant the model railroad display was fairly empty, making it easy to take our time walking through and looking at everything, as well as taking pictures.
The fun part of the model railroad is all the details they put into it, especially the ones that either don't quite fit or are just plain silly. It's fun to spot them.
It was difficult capturing a lot of it. Low light + glass + tiny tiny things = some blurry pictures. Of course I won't post the really blurry ones, as per Olympicnut's thread on trip reports.
Once I spotted the mini car show, I had to take a picture of it. Since I go to so many, why not capture the smallest car show ever to grace Pleasanton.
The tiny porta potties really made this campground that more realistic.
This couple got a little too involved at the train depot
One sight you don't want to see while in the outhouse: a bear peeking in!
After the trains it was off to the pig races. You'd think it would be easy to take pictures of racing pigs, they don't go that fast, right? Nope. Those little bacons fly around the track. You would to if you got oreos and ice cream.
Here number 7 takes the lead in the first race
I don't think he managed to jump and just plowed through the hurdle to knock it over.
I don't know how I managed to actually catch them midair, but I did.
Next was the art and photography section and the gardens
The best part about this sign is the fact you will be banished from all the fairgrounds, I wonder how they manage that.
And I got "artistic" in the gardens
A faucet in the grass.
Low and "aim and pray" pictures have become a sort of trademark for me, though I usually do it for car bumpers, I adapted the technique to a pathway.
My mom took this picture with my camera, she's still got an eye.
So I attempt a similar picture
I liked how the light turned out on this picture
I had the camera on program mode and because of the low light it used a slower shutter speed, so it the waterfall came out really cool.
This I used manual to slow down the shutter. I like waterfalls when they come out like this
I kind of wish I took the time to focus on the path behind the plants rather then have the camera auto focus.
That's it for the good fair pictures. I meant to go into the carnival area to take pictures too, but by the end of the day I was pooped and everyone was ready to leave.
Plus we were going to a small car show in Concord at the Farmer's Market.
I'll save the car show for the next post.
Before that though, when we parked in the parking garage near Todos Santos Plaza my mom pointed out the steeple on the First Presbyterian Church of Concord. Apparently my grandfather had constructed the steeple for them in his shop, out of copper.
Coming soon: the car show pictures