Toward the end of July each year in Langley, the Whidbey Island Fair rolls around at the fairgrounds. Until we had attended this event a few years ago I had only been to major fairs. A small, community fair, is different in size. While this means there is less to see and do, it turns out there is still plenty of fun to be had.
Walking into the fairgrounds you will see the barns for the indoor exhibits off to your left and the stalls for the food vendors on your right. You will have no problem finding all of the fair food that you know and love and shouldn’t eat but will anyway. There is a variety of burgers, dogs, ice cream and plenty of fried items.
Inside the various barns you will find arts and crafts exhibits from members of the community. Educational exhibits such as robotics from local schools. Of course there is a single barn of commercial merchandise from local vendors. Since it is all isolated to a single place it makes it easy to skip the sales pitches for things you really don’t need.
The arts and crafts exhibits are really the best. You can find excellent examples of quilts, knitting, photography, painting and flower arranging. There are many categories for both adults and children as well as beginners to advanced. The wide range of categories encourages broad participation from the community.
Sprinkled around the fairgrounds you can visit historical exhibits from around Whidbey Island. There are a couple of old cabins on display. There is also a barn dedicated to historical farm tools and tractors. One of the highlights for me is the lumberjack area. Not necessarily historical but they use both modern and historical tools during their demonstrations.
Along the edges of the fairgrounds are the livestock barns. The best part of any fair for those of us who live in the city is the opportunity to see farm animals and talk to the 4H kids that raise them. In addition to seeing the animals in the barns, they also do various demonstrations of the animals. There are dog agility sessions, horse barrel racing and even wagon racing.
Finally, no fair would be complete without carnival rides and games. They have them here.
Even if you don’t live on Whidbey Island, a trip to the fair is a great outing for your family.