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.

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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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