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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Photoblogging the Arlington County Fair

I love fair food. As soon as I arrived at the 2008 Arlington County Fair, I made a beeline for the stand that sells fried Oreos. I deliberately ate next to nothing the whole day before going to the fair so I could load up on ridiculous food and not feel as guilty.

Nice little petting zoo sponsored by Ballston Common Mall and Westwood College. Am I the only one who can't look at a llama without thinking, "Hey, Lama! How 'bout a little something, y'know, for the effort?"

Another sponsor -- Nintendo Wii Fit. They should've just called this the Make Your Parents Feel Guilty for Not Buying You a Wii Tent. And is Wii Fit really exercise? I say no.

Arlington Democrats sent out a press release touting that they're not giving away balloons in an effort to be environmentally friendly ... then gave out bottled water and stacks of brochures, flyers, stickers, and yard signs, none printed on recycled material. You can't have it both ways. Better -- Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment was giving away pens and pencils made out of recycled jeans and recycled newspaper.

GM was there promoting its hybrid vehicles. Note to GM: We'd give you a lot more credit for your hybrids if you weren't fighting tougher fuel economy standards and making ridiculous gas guzzlers. Instead, let's give another plug to ACE, which has its Hallowgreen 30th Anniversary event coming up.

I'm not sure who or what this talking tree was promoting, but he was inadvertantly scaring the hell out of any kid who walked past. Arlington County does take some steps to reduce the Fair's environmental impact.

Finally, it's the Old Dominion Cloggers! They practice every Tuesday night at Thomas Jefferson Community Center. If you'd like to learn more, there's contact info near the bottom of this page.

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Blogger Bender said...

Thanks for the review! I was out of town that weekend so I missed it.

And Wii Fit is a very serious activity. I don't know why it isn't an Olympic sport yet.

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