Fritz, Zach and King

Seattle Urban Sketchers’ Friday group made an outing all the way south to Puyallup for the Washington State Fair.  Tacoma Urban Sketchers joined us.

Note to self:  next year, do not go to the Fair on opening morning!  Not only was it opening morning, entry from 0900-noon was virtually free as long as one brought a donation of food.  Last time I sketched at the fair it was later in the run and it was raining.

With summer-like weather in the 80’s, the place was mobbed!  I couldn’t get near any of the small animals I’d hoped to sketch.  Additionally, there were hardly any rabbits as they don’t come for another week.  I didn’t know they scheduled animals!

I arrived quite early as I anticipated a lot of traffic.  That was one thing I did get right.   So I had time to wander a bit before meeting the sketchers.  I wanted a mid-morning snack of the famous delicious Fair Scones.  The first place I found had about 50 people in line. The next one, a bit further afield, no one in line!  So I got my one-scone-snack!

After meeting the sketchers, I immediately navigated my way to the Draft Horse barn.  It was closed!   There was just a slit open in the door and it was enough for me to see a bit of the horses to sketch.  I sat my stool off center so I didn’t block the door for other people wanting to get a peek.  These are Zach and Fritz.

THEN!  Staff of the Mountain View Belgians   saw me sitting there and invited me in to sketch!  This made my day!   So I got a second sketch from inside the barn.  This is King being unharnessed after the parade.

I wandered around but didn’t find another scene I wanted to do.  I was somewhat distracted by the crowds.

We gathered to share our sketches.  In all, I think there were 10 sketchers.  Rom had to leave early.  Then we met 3 more Tacoma USk’ers at the gate as we were leaving.  They arrived late after being stuck in traffic.

Thanks to Gary for taking this photo!

A few more photos from around the fair are here.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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One Response to Fritz, Zach and King

  1. joantav says:

    Looks like a fun even to sketch…if you don’t mind crowds. How great that you were invited in to sketch the horses. Nice job!

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