Celebration

At the Fair by Craig Roberts

Tilt-a-Whirl in motion, Northwest Washington Fair 2014

Tilt-a-Whirl in motion, Northwest Washington Fair 2014

In my youth Vancouver's annual late-August PNE fair seemed to be a metaphor for the end of summer, and we knew the days of sunshine and beaches, & nights of unabashed freedoms were counting down to the inevitable return to school and slide into fall.  While its been more years than I care to admit since my last PNE visit,  this year I wanted to head down just south of our own Fraser Valley and the 49th, to visit one of the many regional fairs that happen throughout Washington state during August.

Rural events such as the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden WA really are a backdrop to the celebration of the vital role agriculture plays in the entirety of these farming communities; it transcends from just being a "job" and becomes the fabric of the region - they become as much about being a showcase of the regions sustainability as they do about being a social release.  It's this type of atmosphere I visualized growing up, perpetrated by Hollywood - and while there might be the same something-deep-fried-on-a-stick as I can find at our local PNE, the intangibles are what really sets these fairs apart.

... as well as the people.

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Olympic Cauldron, Vancouver 2010 by Craig Roberts

2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Cauldron Lit

2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Cauldron Lit

I couldn't appreciate the textures of the Olympic cauldron design from viewing it on the television, but certainly can after seeing it from 100 feet away. I'm really looking forward to a time after the games have ended where you can get up close and really appreciate it, rather than just through a hole in a chainlink fence.

Olympic Torch Relay Tour, Day 102 by Craig Roberts

Took the day off so the kids could appreciate the Olympic Torch relay tour as it wound its way through Langley just outside of our home ... its been difficult getting into the 'Olympic spirit' just because of the enormity of it, but today marks just 4 days until its arrival at the opening ceremonies on Friday.

It was evident, at least here locally, that people are not getting into it, and in a big way!  Event the noon-time torch arrival at the Langley Events Center drew a crowd of several thousands, and I have to admit - the community involvement & entertainment and ramping anticipation sure were top-shelf.

2010 Olympic Torch Relay, Day 102

2010 Olympic Torch Relay, Day 102

2010 Olympic Torch Relay, Day 102

2010 Olympic Torch Relay, Day 102

2010 Olympic Torch Relay, Day 102, Festivities

2010 Olympic Torch Relay, Day 102, Festivities