Monday, July 14, 2014

Fair Thee Well

Another fine Oregon Country Fair has come and gone. I always feel bittersweet about it all---
exhausted and filthy, I am glad to get home to my own bed (and toilet---the Bucks are the major downside to any festival), but I am sad to leave the magical atmosphere behind. That is what a fair is, though--a "time out of time", another dimension, and you can't be in it constantly. It's temporal existence is what defines it and enhances it, therefore enhancing our lives in the mundane world. 

I got some good pictures of one of my favorite aspects of the Fair, the random costume parades. People can get very creative with their handmade outfits, like the flamingos above.

 I never did catch these Amanitas parading, but I think they were with the flamingos and possibly that troll on the side :)

 These enigmatic ravens really caught my attention.

These parading trees are a well-loved mainstay of the Fair.

And look at this guy! He is apparently called the "Recycle Bull". He really reminded me of that old woman character in the movie Labyrinth who has all kinds of stuff on her back and keeps trying to give it to Sarah. This is the first time I've seen him at the Fair.

Look! It's a fork! In the road!

 The life-sized chess board.

I wanted the pink petal dude to give me a flower blessing but he was running along too fast for me to catch up.

I don't know what the deal with this guy is, but he is pretty darn cool. And very scholarly-looking. Come to think of it, I think he is near the Library. Which has actual books!

Giant sock monkey! Always appropriate :) Was it made with giant socks?

The killer whales on stilts fast became a favorite.

I always look forward to visiting the wicker dragon. 

 Another parade favorite.

This lovely lotus with a female figure in the center glows at night.

Well, I am leaving for South America in just a few days---hope your summer is going well and see you (with pictures) when I return :)


  1. Such a spectacular fair, set in a forest no less. You articulated well their place in our lives in your opening paragraph. I'm amazed how people got into the spirit of the occasion with their incredible costumes, plus it must have been hot. Thanks for showing us. I hope you have a fantastic trip to South America!

  2. Looks like a fun day! I always love these kinds of fairs and hope to visit one this summer.

  3. What an amazing fair! Fantastic costumes - it's wonderful to see everyone getting in the spirit of it all.
    The wicker dragon is incredible.
    great blog and lovely to meet you in blogland!

  4. A fork in the road ... yuk yuk.

    Have a wonderful trip! Looking forward to the pictures when you return!! :)

  5. woah! everything's SO awesome!!! Going to South America? Have FUN! Be safe!

  6. That looks like so much fun! :D And enjoy your trip!

  7. How fun!!!
    Love it all
    The recycle bull is so cute!
    I want a giant fork :)
    Thanks for sharing.. Have a wonderful trip.

  8. These photos are awesome. I'm loving the raven costumes! :)