On Saturday I decided to go to the Maui County Fair. I’ve been to a few county fairs before but remember the days of my youth at the Isanti County Fair. Here are a few comparisons that I noticed:
- Maui County Fair had 1 (ONE) tent with animals. The animals included 2 bulls, maybe 5-6 cows, couple of goats, 2 horses, rabbits, chickens, lots of roosters and 3-4 pigs. That was it. The Isanti county fair had at least one building for each type of animal. Even at the last Santa Clara County fair I was at, I remember seeing 3 calves that had been born earlier that day. Seemed very wierd to have so few animals. You also need to remember that in Hawaii poultry and goats are not farm animals; they are pets!
- Same as Isanti County Fair the attendees were young. Mostly families and teenage kids. This was the first time in Hawaii where I felt like a minority though… most people there had MUCH darker skin than me. It was very much a local fair. It was also good to see a small town attitude though with kids running around without strict parental supervision.
- I didn’t eat any food but the food at Maui County Fair looked far more interesting! Like the Isanti County Fair, most the food booths are run by local groups. But there was a huge mix of diverse and interesting sounding food in Maui. The only thing that sounded somewhat suspicious were the Flying Saucers; someone said it was a type of meat pie.
- The horticulture building included large numbers of orchid displays, bonsai, art, photography and beautiful Hawaiian quilts. Then there were the fruits and vegetables. I saw bunches of things that I couldn’t identify, a “local” avocado that was closer to size of a football, 1 huge 400 lb pumpkin, sugar cane, bananas, papaya, taro, pineapples and a booth dedicated to breadfruit. Of course there were the usual players too but I didn’t see any corn!
- Here are my observations on the art. They had it pretty much aligned the art by kid’s age. At age 5-8 ALL pictures were filled with amazing color. By the time they hit 12th grade, the brilliant color contrast was almost gone. Do we stop seeing brilliant colors or learn to be more subdued as we age? The photography wasn’t the best I’ve seen but I’ve got pretty high standards. I always find that the best photography comes from common place items. For example, one memorable blue-ribbon winner was a black and white of a line of school lockers.
- The rides were the same as you find at every fair. When we were in Kona, the same (probably exact same) rides were there. The logistics of moving a fair around in Hawaii is a little different! I love rides at theme parks. I haven’t gotten on a ride at a county fair since I was stuck on the one for over an hour at Isanti! Yes, it was moving for much of that hour – it was not fun.
- There was no beer or wine. True, I’d been spoiled by wine tasting at the Santa Clara County Fair but there wasn’t even a place to get a beer on a hot afternoon!
It was fun but I couldn’t drag Peter along so I was alone. It would have been more fun with friends. All in all as fairs go, this one has quite a bit of room to improve.