A Fair First

During one cold night at the Gaslamp District, Vergs and I found refuge in a Thai restaurant. The name escapes me but if I remember correctly, I think it’s Lotus Thai. We ordered Thai sausage, a round of absolutely delicious Tom Yum, and a heaping plate of Pad Thai – peanuts removed, of course. 

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Our server, sensing that we were fairly new to the area, asked if we had come to San Diego for the Del Mar fair. “What’s that?” we asked. “It’s this awesome fair that happens just once a year. It’s open for a month and people from all over the country go to San Diego just for it.”

We ended dinner that night with a decision to pay a visit. Because really, how can you say no to something even the locals are a fan of?

The Del Mar County Fair is a sprawl of fair rides, games, and eats. The booths are filled with chatty people who can be pretty aggressive when it comes to luring you to their “area of expertise”. 

One game can cost anywhere from $3 to a $100, dependent on your choice of prize and determination to win. The challenging part comes when the staff make the games look so easy. I mean, how hard can it be to throw a ball into a barrel, right? 

We, on the other hand, couldn’t get one ball in. 

We would’ve probably kept going until we realized that we were spending way too much money for a miniature stuffed toy and an ego boost. So we said our goodbyes and tried our luck at a different booth.

And another.

And another.

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Still nothing.

Until finally…

We went to the fair on a cloudy Wednesday afternoon. Since Vergs is in the Navy, we scored some pretty sweet discounted tickets that would give us access to all the days of the fair. Each day has a different event to celebrate so there’s always something new to see.

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If you’re in the area, do pay the Del Mar County Fair a visit! Their last day is on the 4th of July and I reckon they’ll be ending this year’s fair with a great shebang! 

Ending this entry with a photo of me and my stuffed giraffe because it’s a reminder of what a handful of darts and $8 will get you. Haha!