The big day has finally arrived! The sky is white with cloud cover, and it’s a bit chilly out. But neither rain nor sleet nor the gloom of an Oregon day will deter the dedicated plant shopper from their task!
Two gates opened at 9 am, and in they came, pulling their wagons of all colors (mostly red). Spirits are high as everyone makes their way to a favorite nursery or activity. I think the thing that I like the most is all the chit chat and talking that goes one. We are all friends here, after all.
My job on this day is really much more like play than work as I walk around visiting with Fair-goers and snapping shots of what I see. In sorting thru the photos I took today I am struck by the look of this years Fair. There is most certainly a lot of red; red wagons and red plants. And the green that we earn after months of rain, and a few warm days that make the trees and grasses at the fairgrounds so bright and fresh. The cloud cover made the shadows soft, tho I would have preferred to see more sun brakes; I like the way the sunshine makes things sparkle.
And as I walked around today I found myself thinking about the past years I had spent, walking the same ground and buying from the same vendors. Then I was just another shopper in the crowd. My point of view has changed. After years of shopping this event I can now see both sides of the window, looking out and looking in. I walked down the aisle and into the booth where every year for countless years I have bought the coleus and impatiens for my deck pots. This year I added a cool sage green colored fern to the flat of plants I bought. Later in the afternoon I had a conversation with a vendor about how sales were going and if he liked his new booth space. This was the conversation of an insider, and I enjoy that viewpoint.
Walking over to the Main Lawn vendor area, I am pleased to see so many shoppers have followed the signs and announcements to find the booths located there. And of course the food court! The scent of that kettle korn was tempting me all day long, and I finally gave in late in the afternoon and bought a small bag to much on while sorting pics for this post. Talking with shoppers is always fun, and I always seem to pick one wagon that I keep seeing as we both make our way around.
Saturday was a good day at the Fair. No rain, no wind, and plants galore. I brought home a few too many today, and I am sure that there will be more tomorrow.
Enjoy the photos as they take you thru my walk, and don’t forget to read the captions that tell the rest of the story.
My next post will be about Sunday at the Fair. Its usually a quieter day. The weather man is promising some sunshine, I sure hope he is right! After a full day at the fair, on Sunday night we take everything down and visit for a while. It will be a long day and a late night, so the next post will be on Monday for you.
Thank you for walking thru Saturday at the Fair with me and my camera.
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