California State Fair (& Friday Links)

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Wednesday night was my first time to the California State Fair. It’s held at the enormous Expo venue here in Sacramento, which sort of blew me away as all of my expectations about fairs are rooted in the cartoon version of Charlotte’s Web. I was most excited when we left the midway rides (do they still call them that?) and made our way over to the barns—half-hoping to see “Some Pig” written above a pen. No luck there, but we did see some very cute three-day-old Holsteins and some very pregnant (even overdue) cows in the UC Davis Veterinary center’s barn.

Otherwise, top takeaways: Motorcycles flying through the air in a Motocross event is bonkers! Nutella is really good fried. (But when isn’t it?) And you can spend a lot of money very quickly on carnival rides. It’s very difficult to say no to anything that makes little kids smile the way that bouncing and spinning does.

Do you go to your state fair? What are the highlights for you?

A few more photos, some plans for the weekend, and Friday links… 

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Trend to try? Denim flares

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I realize that denim flares are not a new trend, but I’ve been resistant. I used to wear wide-leg jeans—some verging on bell-bottom status—ten years ago, before banning them from my closet in favor of skinnies. I tend to think of them as best suited to model-types (extra long and lean), particularly when worn with flats (my preference). But lately I’ve been really drawn to them, and I’m thinking about giving flares another go.

Here are seven pairs that seem to get the best reviews…

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