Although many people are still tuning into the date changes for the annual California State Fair, thousands heard the news last year and again this year of 2013 and headed on out to enjoy the typical fair splendors. The temperature was ideal on Saturday, July 27 which was the last night of the fair that offered fireworks. The cool evening made for a refreshing relief from the series of high temperature days that sometimes made fair attendance a sweaty excursion.
Approximately 80,000 people attended the fair on this delightful last Saturday which traditionally draws the highest fair attendance every year. Crowds were strolling the fairgrounds at every direction and corner. As the sun set, the fair world was set aglow with concession lights, ride lights, stage lights, glowing toys, and the radiance that comes from a smiling face enchanted with the thrills of the fair.
Over in the Cavalcade of Horses, the National Day of the Cowboy brought out some gun toting, horse riding fun at 8:00 p.m. while the crowd applauded the tricks. Visitors ranged from experienced horsemen to wanna-be cowgirls and little boys delighted by the sound of thundering hooves. The crowd oohed and then gasped as a carriage tipped and riders plunged to the ground unharmed. “I could see that coming,” one of the spectators said, “that’s a spunky horse, I’ve done it myself before ….”
Not far from the horse arena, rows of food vendors were serving out plates of funnel cake, corndogs, and giant turkey legs grilled to a beautiful, caramelized brown. People were tantalized by the smell of the grill, the tease of the seductive images in vendor windows, and the site of another’s plate of their choices being gobbled down with catsup or powdered sugar and a cold drink of lemonade, beer or soda.
Lines were sometimes long with the record length line being found at the Ferris wheel in the Magical Midway. Other rides summoned crowds to their twisting, twirling, spinning motions while the timid waited on the ground or stayed with children too young to ride these whacky, nerve-racking amusement rides. The Kids Park was full, as well, with children and their patient parents aiming to entertain their ‘munchkins’ with the merry-go-round, games, and milder thrill rides suitable for little bodies and brave minds.
At 8:00 p.m. sounds from the Golden One Stage could also be heard as the Zendaya Concert began while Department of Rock drew a full crowd on the Promenade Stage and Gospel groups concluded their appearances on the PG&E Stage to be followed by hypnotist Suzy Haner’s final performance.
As the night wore on, parents could be seen gathering tired children, some pulled in wagons as they lay curled up in sleep in the manner that only a weary child can do. Visitors could be overheard asking others, “what time does the fair close,” while others were intent on scurrying to their last fair adventure whether catching an exhibit before the doors closed or getting on the last ride before the fireworks burst into air at 10:00 p.m. Most were happy, some grumbled, many partook of the food and the variety of joy the State Fair aims to offer to its fans year after year. Please see the accompanying slideshow for images of the July 27 evening at the California State Fair as described here. If you enjoyed this article, please consider the “like” button and sharing it with friends.