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Sounding Off: It was a fair to remember

August 16, 2010|By Kelly Knight

Yes, kudos to Orange County Fair & Event Center President and Chief Executive Steve Beazley and his "Team" for a job well done at this year's O.C. Fair ("Community Commentary: Vibe at this year's fair is best yet," Aug. 13). Not having attended the fair in over five years — and that was simply an in-and-out visit to see the B-52s perform at the Pacific Amphitheater — I must confess that I spent several hours one day walking around the fairgrounds and attending the night's musical concert.

I had a really fun time and came away very impressed with the efficient and friendly staff, and the clean and orderly way in which everything was being run.

Always professing in the past that I'm "just not a fair kinda gal," I was blindsided by a friend this year who didn't tell me that we were going to the fair until we were in the car and on the way there. I was only told to dress for cool weather and wear comfortable shoes for our outing.

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Turns out the evening was initially planned around tickets for another concert by young country talent LeeAnn Rimes (who put on a great show for the enthusiastic crowd of fans), but ended up evolving into a much more interesting and entertaining evening about the midway games and rides and unusual food offerings.

Because my daughter is out of town this week visiting grandparents and I am on mom-cation, my friend knew that I was free from other responsibilities and suggested we leave early in the afternoon, so we arrived at the fair well before dinnertime and had lots of time to walk around and take in the sights and sounds of the midway before the concert. The midway turned out to be quite an overload to the senses, but I persevered.

The rides have come a long way since I went to the small carnival that came to my small, rural town in the southeast every summer when I was a child. The scariest one that I ever rode was the swings hanging from chains that twirled around (all in the same direction) and caused a nice cooling breeze on a hot summer night.

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