OC Fair 2013 - Costa Mesa
It's done. Over. Gone. The OC Fair is history; the next one a year away. And right about now I'm having withdrawals. Right about now I'm thinking about that corndog I didn't get to eat, that turkey leg I never got around to trying, that trapeze show I missed.
Yes, the food can be too expensive, too deep-fried, too fatty, too sweet. Yes, the crowds and the heat can be oppressive. But it's the county fair. It's summer. It's the time we excuse ourselves the dietary restrictions we barely abide by the rest of the year--you know, the one we also loosen for Thankgiving, Christmas, and birthdays?
Our discovery this year? The roasted corn. I don't know the name of the vendor who sold it. It's the one with the giant smiling ear of corn the size of a yeti; the one selling nothing but corn; the one with all the condiments on a side table to squirt, slather and sprinkle.
We told ourselves we'd go back the following weekend to get more. We said this time we weren't going to share one; we were each going to get our own ear. But things came up and we couldn't go. It may be just as well. Perhaps it's better to savor the memory of that corn for now. As they say, absence makes the heart go fonder and county fair roasted corn to taste even sweeter.
So next year, we're making a beeline straight from the entrance to the corn! And then, after that, the corndog, the turkey leg, and that trapeze show!
In the meantime, there's this video I made.
88 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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