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.