Going to the fair was my Mother's Day present, and I'm totally asking for it again next year. I had SUCH a great time, and it was so fun to hang with my sister (or lesbian blogging partner according to one cookbook author!) all day. Minus the kiddos.
|And no, I don't know what is up with my hair.|
We attended talks, workshops, and cruised booths for
|We tailgated. Notice even after careful planning, we're still both wearing gray and have the same lunch box.|
|Cell phone picture. Sorry!|
Then, we left the Will Allen talk, and who did I see standing in the hallway? Ed Begley Jr.! When we lived in LA, Ed's show on cable (don't remember the name or the channel) is what inspired me to "go green"! For me, seeing Ed was like seeing the hippy Elvis. I asked him for a photo, and he was SO patient while my sister, who apparently hasn't operated a cell phone camera since 1999, took blurry photo after blurry photo. I believe this was the fourth try, and he was beyond kind during the process.
Also, the casting agents for Twilight called, and they want me as an extra for the next movie. They said they usually have to put actors in the make up chair for six hours to make them look as pale as I am naturally.
I think one of the best "happy accidents" we had was stumbling on a canning talk by Sherri Brooks Vinton. She was talking about preserving and was so funny and engaging that both my sis and I bought her book Put 'Em Up and then had her sign them. She was beyond hilarious and was kind enough to let me take a picture with her.
I told her I was a food blogger and she nodded to my sister and asked if we wrote the blog together. I explained we were sisters, but later in the car it kind of hit me that I think she though we were life partners. HA!
Something I thought was super cool was that the Publisher and Editorial Director of Mother Earth News, Bryan Welch was walking around during the whole fair taking pictures and talking to people. We were in a SUPER long book buying line, and he came up and was engaging people in conversation. This little boy (I think his name was Simon) in front of us, gave Bryan a picture of some horses he had colored. Bryan was wonderful and talked to the kid for about 5 minutes about the picture, and was so gracious in thanking him, etc. It was pretty cool!
My only complaint about the fair was that almost all of the speakers were from the mid-west or the east coast. I'm sure they were all fabulous and people learned a lot, but I know there are west coast (and Washington!) speakers who could have done a fabulous job with fewer air miles. It seemed like they were outsourcing speakers when we have such a huge pool of local talent.
We also found out that if you bring a cell phone to turn in, you get a free ticket. And if you volunteer for a one hour shift, you get a shirt and free admission. I think we'll sign up to volunteer next year because it seemed cool!
June 2013 can't come soon enough!