I’m a sucker for a market, a carnival or a fair and in America they just seem to do them right. I could drone on for ages about why I think that is, or I could write a list of the things that make US fairs so great.
Let’s go with the latter, shall we? I’m using today’s visit to the San Carlos Art & Wine Faire. Here we go, in no particular order.
There is always live music happening, from a multitude of stages. Today I saw a jazz band and a rock n roll band without even trying. They’re made up of members of all ages and they’re not just good, they’re spot on most of the time. There’s always a crowd and it’s just a lot of fun.
You can have all the awesome tunes that you want – that doesn’t mean that anyone’s paying attention right? Well the crowds are what make fairs as great as they are. I guarantee you that there will always be people dancing in front of those bands. They don’t care if they’re the only ones on the dancefloor or whether they’re sharing it with 100 others – they’re going to tear it up in the same way.
Where else are you going to find a person wearing a t-shirt with the words “Zumba Man” ironed onto the back? Nowhere! Case closed. He danced off down the street. You can’t buy that kind of self confidence.
THE WEIRD STUFF
I challenge you not to find some interesting stuff at a street fair. Jewelry made out of cutlery, autumn decorations that you’re only going to pull out once a year – if you remember them at all, tie dye in all the colours of the rainbow (at once), or tiny terrariums to hang from your ceiling.
I don’t know what it is, but Californians take their pets with them EVERYWHERE. And street fairs are great places to go animal watching. Particularly for those who enjoy a cunning canine. They’re all leashed up, sometimes decked out in costumes and ready to party!
You’d probably have expected this to be my first go-to, but I thought I’d save it to the end. Fair food is legendary, and especially so in California because of the proliferation of food trucks. There’s too much to choose from and not enough space in your stomach.