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Believe it or not, there are people in town who don't know about the Big (big, big) Fresno Fair. When you meet one, it'll weird you out, trust us. Because, aside from college scandals, bad air and DUI checkpoints, the fair is Fresno's bread and butter, right? Especially come Oct. 1.
For those who haven't been, there's still a couple more days of fair food, horse races and midway carnies. There's also little baby goats (and piggies, cows and chickens), all sorts of music and photo-booth pictures.
Here's what we learned at the fair this year:
Baby pigs (piglets) are super cute
It's true. We think it's because they're so tiny and pink, with their little tails and noses. They're also smart, according to a sign on the pen. Pigs are the fourth smartest animals on the planet, behind dolphins, chimpanzees and raccoons. That's fifth, if you count people. It didn't say where cows rank.
Frogs legs really do taste like chicken
And also fish, which is a rather tasty combo when dipped in batter and deep-fried. You do have to get over the fact it looks like a little pair of frog pants. There's no pretending here. Those legs once belonged to some Kermit, who hopped himself around looking for a pig to kiss.
You can deep fry anything
Deep-fried Pepsi? Who would've thunk? Apparently, the same guy who figured out you can deep-fry an Oreo, Smores, Twinkies and (begin Elvis accent now) peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Every year it's something new. We're looking forward to next year's beer-battered beer.
Some people have more fun at the fair than others
The guy dancing to the band outside the Jr. Exhibit hall was havingway more fun than us. The band, called the Washboard Wizards, played super cool hillbilly jazz (yee-haw!). The guy danced like a chicken.
A 70-year old New Jersey boy can put on a show to rival any mid-major act the fair pulls in
Yes, Frankie Valli is 70 and looks a little like a zombified Al Pacino and being a 20-something at his show is like your dad watching 50 Cent.
But the guy's a true showman with a young, energetic band and has written lots of songs you probably don't even realize you love. Our favs from the night (or the one's we found YouTube clips for): Sherry, "Working My Way Back to You," and "Dawn (Go Away)".
That bb-loaded Tommy Gun looks cool...
But you can't shoot the little red star from that sheet of paper on the first try. At least that's what the carny manning the booth said. Three dollars and 100 bbs later, it turns out he was right. You'd have better luck bouncing a ping-pong ball into a glass bowl.
Milking a goat is harder than it looks
OK, not everyone gets to do this. But us media folk get fair perks and this is one of them. FYI: Goats don't like you touching them down there. And they kick.