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It’s Fair Time once again at the Adelaide Inn! After a few days of watching our guests head over to the fairgrounds each day, I couldn’t help but wonder if the fair was any different this year than the last. Perhaps I was missing out somehow in my resolve to stave off the crowds and stay home this year? After conveniently receiving a free admission ticket, I decided to go and see for myself.

Years ago, the Mid-State Fair began as an agricultural event, and today hundreds of local youth bring their animals to the fairgrounds for show and auction. I began my visit here. As I ambled between the livestock buildings I was reminded of my summers spent raising a hog for the fair’s livestock auction. On Saturday these same animals will be available for purchase. Those who would like to purchase an animal can arrive a few minutes early to register and pick up their auction paddle.

After my nostalgic walk through the barns, a friend and I headed over to the food vendors where we indulged in the infamous deep-fried snickers. Controversial as it may be, few can deny that the warm, gooey, batter-wrapped chocolate bar is anything but delicious. Once we had our fill of corn dogs, funnel cakes, and turkey legs, we stopped by a few of the commercial buildings. Here one can buy anything from teeth-whitening services to organic makeup and local designer clothing. I stocked up on a few “necessities” and walked outside before I was tempted by anything else. A local dance studio was performing at the Fort Frontier stage and a surmountable crowd had formed to see the show.

Over at the carnival we found some traditional rides and attractions as well as some newer small roller coasters. If one were feeling adventurous I would recommend the Graviton, a UFO shaped disc that spins at top speed making your cheeks widen into an involuntary smile.

As my day at the fair came to an end I decided that the fair hadn’t changed at all – and perhaps, that was the best part. Check out pictures of my fun and post pictures of yours on the Adelaide Inn, Paso Robles Facebook page!

by Sara Freeman

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