Jay Allen Sanford 6:52 a.m., Dec. 5
‘Game On’ That was the theme this year at the Del Mar Fair. And while it was interesting to see an exhibit giving homage to various board games that we’ve all grown up with, it’s always the same old same old that keeps me coming back every year. I guess there’s a certain feeling one gets in the atmosphere of a fair, and the Del Mar fair has it all. I started my day there visiting the livestock. I wasn’t born on a farm so to see all the different animals in all of their domesticated glory is definitely something to see. The Turkey races are especially fun. After that it was off to the main building where a stage is set up featuring every sort of entertainment from dancers and singers to acrobats. Inside the building was an assortment of art from several local Artists and it also featured art projects by students from schools all over San Diego. From there, I went down the main strip, where all of the vendors where located. Every kind of fair food can be enjoyed here and if you’re counting calories, you should probably stay home! On Tuesdays, you can sample small amounts of signature foods from participating vendors for only $2.00 a taste. This year, I started off with a fried avocado and then worked my to a bacon wrapped spice pepper. Later I had a Buffalo Chicken layered flatbread and finished my fair food experience with a Chocolate/vanilla swirl ice cream cone, yum! Next was off to the various fairground rides and while I usually avoid most of them, the haunted houses and extremely high slides are definitely worth the ticket price. It’s also fun to browse the large Gazebo’s with products that can be seen on T.V. If you’re lucky, you can see chefs behind a make-shift kitchen demonstrating how to prepare varied meals. I, myself purchased a moonstone before I went to check out the many spas and Jacuzzis that were for sale in the next building. Walking to the main attraction, I couldn’t help but notice the tent of an attraction so common to the fair and it was that of the Psychic/Palm Readers. While I, myself, never visit them, I do appreciate the theme they contribute to the fair. Entering the building with the main attraction, the first thing I noticed was that there were chess boards set up everywhere and pictures of various Monopoly property pieces. Quite fun, really. Ending the day, I wound up at the wine gardens, go figure. There I had a few glasses of some delicious Pinot Noir and Syrah. I’d say it was a very nice ending to a very nice day.