Thousands of people made their way to the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede last weekend during five days of sun and fun. Each and every one of them had their own reasons for coming and their own favorite event.
On Saturday, we asked a few folks to share with us what’s their favorite part of the fair. Here’s a sampling of the answers we got:
“We come for the rides,” said Caitlin Brown of Seabeck, who had her 4-year-old son, Derek Steinbring with her. “We ate pizza and then we came over to see the rides.”
Derek was particularly taken by the hamster ball, in which he could stand and walk in a giant plastic ball on water.
For Kim Walls, of Bremerton, there was one special thing she was looking for at the fair.
“Corn dogs,” she said. “I’m gonna get a corn dog.”
Walls said she grew up in Poulsbo and, as a kid, came to the fair. But she hadn’t been for many years.
“Now I’m bringing my grandson to it,” she said. “It’s really grown. It’s a great fair.”
Kenneth Swanson, of Bremerton, came to the fair for “fair food,” he said. But first he had to wait on his kids, Aiden, 5, and Kellen, 7, who were consumed by all the rides.
“They been on a few, and now they’re in this one,” he said, pointing to the Lost Mine, a sort-of haunted house mine. “They were a bit scared to go in it, but they did.”
Hannah Berge, 14 of Port Orchard, and Brianna Stevens, 14 of Kingston, were in line for the Sizzler Saturday afternoon.
“Our favorite are the rides,” Berge said. “We plan to go on all of them.”
Their next one? The Orbiter.
But for Christopher and Hailey Kramer, they were after winning a prize at the Pluck a Duck game. The four and five years olds from Suquamish were at the fair with their grandparents.
“Every game they see, they want to play,” said grandma.
And for Joanne Brown of Seattle, who brought her grandchildren to the fair, she had a special reason for coming.
“I like to people-watch,” Brown said. “You see a little bit of everything.”
Her special treat?
“An ice cream bar dipped in chocolate and rolled in peanuts,” she said.