Friday, September 11, 2015

Ice Cream and Turkey Legs, the key to survival at Washington State Fair

Let's face it. You say that you go to the state fair to see the animals, or visit the arts and crafts pavilion, watch the rodeo or get Todd Cooper to sign an autograph. But you're really there for one thing: SCONES!

How delightfully convenient that the ad hoc outing of Seattle Urban Sketchers met at the Gold Gate at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup today. You can stand near the fountain, just inside the gate and within your view are all the signs: Elephant Ears, Fisher Scones, and a new treat, Dole Pineapple Whip.

If you want to get a table or even a place to sit down in this mob and enjoy your treats, your odds are better at a beer garden. Possibly 2/3 of the patrons milling around you are not old enough to get in.
Not only that, but we just had to see this: the world's largest "self serve" micro-brew experience: BEER HAVEN...and it's mobile! 
Good thing I like standing to sketch!

I wasn't allowed to draft my own beer, state laws, I think, but the Lemon Shandy was tasty and thirst quenching. Perfect on an 83 degree afternoon at the fair.
In progress--both lunch and sketch.

I have more sketches from the day to share, but I have a few tweaks to work out. Stay tuned!


  1. Oh, the Dole ice cream sketch is making my mouth water. What fun sketches!! At least you had a table to lean your sketchbook on.

    1. Thanks, Joan. Yes, a table and shade!
      That ice cream was absolutely delicious and cooled me right down. :)