We were happy to discover that our week in NH coincided with the annual fair in neighboring Fryeburg, ME. We decided to go on Tuesday, as that was Senior Citizen Day and older folks, like myself, would be let in for free. Betty, being so much younger than me, would be stuck paying the full $10 admission.
We set out around 10am for the nominal 12 mile drive from North Conway to the fairgrounds. After about 10 minutes, we found ourselves stuck in a line of traffic, still about 3 miles from the Maine border. Thinking it must be an accident, we settled back and fortified ourselves with a bit of chocolate we brought along.
Eventually, we realized that we were stuck in the "Fair traffic". It took us in total about 2 hours to make the last five miles to the fairgrounds where we grabbed the first available outside parking spot ($5) and walked over to the Livestock Entrance. It was a bit disappointing that the girl in the booth so readily believed that I was over 65. I offered ID, but she said it wasn’t necessary. Sigh.
This is possibly a llama. Just look at those eyes. Her whole life must consist of putting up with stuff like this. And she does it, because that’s her role.
Still, sometimes her mind will drift back to those carefree days in the Andes and that young buck with the goofy smile. What might have been.
I moved quickly along.
This is Sparkle. She will fight me for her food if necessary. No problem, Sparkle.
The way the pigs eat, their food seems to get all mixed up with the sawdust bedding of the pen, not to mention any of the gross stuff already mixed into the bedding. It makes you wonder how many times a particular particle of food/wood/poop is processed through the same pig.
There was sulky racing going on constantly while we were there, either the races themselves or practicing in between. Betty and I spent way too much time trying to use Wikipedia to determine if they were pacers or trotters. We never did .
By about 3pm, we had covered everything we wanted to see. Fortunately, the ride back to NH was relatively traffic free.