so we managed to make it down to the oc fair twice this year. the first was after the ROC race, and i used my free ticket that i got from my cookie entry.
the bean was excited to see the foodie mascots that i'd modeled the cookies after.
she and the teen got silly with the photo props.
i didn't actually eat much this time around. just a cup of freshly roasted corn, and...well, a skewer of bacon-wrapped portobello mushrooms. mmmmmm.
that same booth was offering something else that was, uh, a little less appealing. even to me.
the bean got to have a little fun in the kid land area.
minions! i love these things. too bad i'm not skilled enough at any of the games to win one.
footsie wootsie time.
our second visit was right after the fair's 5K. as a culinary award winner, i'd been given another free ticket and a parking pass.
too bad the lot was full when we got there. we ended up having to fork out the $10 for parking after all.
the bean loves farm animals.
when it was almost time for the awards ceremony, i went in and visited my cookies one last time.
there were quite a few people in attendance to watch their friends and loved ones accept their awards. we managed to find seats a few rows back, and watched the slideshow of award-winning treats from all of the different categories. look, here's mine!
as the ceremony began, i was a little flustered when mine was the very first one announced. i made my way awkwardly up to the stage and smiled for the camera.
pretty sweet ribbon, right? this was my special judges' theme award. there were some bonus surprises too: coupons for local vendors and a nice variety pack of spices from tampico.
one last time to toot my own horn...for now, anyway.
back out in the fair, it was snack time. for the teen, a deep-fried reese's peanut butter cup.
the bean had a dipped ice cream cone, and then she helped me devour a deep-fried twinkie.
we were running out of steam by then, so for our last activity we crammed into a photo booth for some silly pictures.
till next year, oc fair!