This past weekend was the Maui County Fair in Kahului. The four day event is always a great time for Maui residents of all ages. I remember anxiously looking forward to the local fair as a kid. The games and rides were far and away my favorite. These days, I tend to stay away from the midway and spend more of my time at the agricultural exhibits. Here are some photos from my Sunday at the fair.
Looking towards the Midway of the Maui County Fair on a beautiful Sunday in early October.
specimen, Kids and adults enter their prized birds and livestock in the fair. The rooster below was a good looking that did not ribbon. In addition to roosters, chickens, pigs, cows, horses and goats, there were a variety of pigeons and ornamental birds.
Maui is world renowned for the quality of its orchids. Active orchid clubs and individuals have been very successful in creating Orchid hybrids that are truly spectacular. A blue ribbon orchid at the county fair is a pretty noteworthy accomplishment. The photo below does not do justice the beautiful blooms of this healthy orchid.
Asian cultural influences are evident throughout Maui. The art of the Bonsai Tree is one that was brought to Maui in the late 1800s and early 1900s with Japanese immigrants. It is an art form that is practiced on the island to this day with considerable skill. This bonsai tree was one of the first place winners at this year's county fair.
If I have but one regret about this year's county fair, it was that I arrived with a full stomach. The fair is famous or infamous for its food. Local charities have food booths where the proceeds benefit their organization. The volume and variety of the food is amazing. The dishes include all kinds of island favorites.
The fair is held every year in late September/early October. I look forward to next year's event and promise myself that for better or worse I will arrive with an empty stomach!