I grew up in the province in Philippines and one of my fondest childhood memories was going to the perya (local carnival) with the whole family during our town fiesta. There were several game booths and rides we enjoyed. My favorite ride was what they call the "Caterpillar" and my favorite game booth was the Balloon Popping game (where you had to use darts to pop the balloons)! I hated the Horror Train because I was really scared of it! Yes, even if I knew everything was not real and were just badly made scary props haha! There were also "special shows" like those that featured a pair of Siamese Twins. Simple joys from visiting the carnival included eating cotton candy and those old-fashioned pink-colored popcorn. Carnivals have a special place in my heart because they bring me such happy and good memories! This is the reason why I wanted to go to the LA County Fair which opened last September 4 (and would run until September 27, 2015).
The first County Fair I've been to in LA was Orange County's (which we visited last year). After experiencing the LA County Fair, I have to say that I like it bettter because it is bigger and there were more rides for the kids to enjoy.
If the kids were excited about the rides, I was excited about food tripping! Haha!
So we started our Carnival day with a Gyro Sandwich and a burger. . . .
Then my little girl looked up to me and said. . . "I like rice!" Haha! So sh ended up eating just the pita bread (which she liked) from the Gyro sandwich.
The kids enjoyed different rides . . .
And Hubby enjoyed playing hoops! He was in good shape (or was he just lucky??? Haha!) that day (Nahhh, he was really good) that he won two basketballs for the kids! (Woohoo! Huney, I just have to say that you're so sexy when you play, hahaha!!!)
Some of the game booths we saw. . . .
I wanted to try this one BUT they didn't use darts! They use bean bags to pop the balloons which I think makes it harder to do. I don't have a good arm! Haha!
Saw this giant slide!!!!! It's one thing. . . . I will . . . NOT do!
Besides Rides and Games, they also have a number of expo halls where you can find a myriad of things!
From artificial grass (if you want that lush green garden without having to water it, haha), to a Tempur Bed . . .
And this is probably the most interesting thing I spotted . . . .
|The company actually made one like this for a client . . . goes without saying that the client was a die-hard Dodgers fan!|
In between the rides and walking through the expo halls, we tried the following Carnival eats!
From left to right (Clockwise) - Dippin dots ice cream, Grilled Corn on the Cob, Fried Chix in a Stick and a Hollywood fave since 1939. . . Pink's Hotdog!
Also spotted. . .ginormous turkey legs! (Haven't tried this yet.) Seeing these remind me of the Medieval Times, haha! I think they would totally fit in the set of Game of Thrones! Di baaa?!!
And for something different, we tried the chocolate-covered bacon. . . which I didn't like, haha! I still prefer my bacon as it is.
On our way out, we dropped by the Petting Zoo. . .
I wish though that they had something like this which our little boy enjoyed at the OC fair last year. (If they have it, please let me know so I can update this post accordingly.)
We had an amazing (and tiring!) day at the LA County Fair! I was telling Hubby that probably we burned at least half of the total calories of everything we ate, haha!
I may have seen a number of carnivals that are fancier than the perya I know. But my perya still has the No. 1 spot in my heart because it brings me back home, to my family and to my happy childhood. (Okay, I'm getting homesick again)
For more details about the LA County Fair, please visit their website.