Last year I told myself I was going to attend as many goofy little food related fairs and festivals as possible. Truth is, I didn’t really go to many, so I was very, very happy when my friend Christine and her mom invited me to go with them.
Courtland is a teeny little town on the Sacramento River Delta and it is surrounded by pear orchards. I’d never actually been in the town before Sunday. Too bad it was all blocked off, I’ll have to go back and wander around some more, for sure.
The Pear Fair is madness! Lots of food, (NOT enough PEAR related food, in my opinion) kid stuff, random people selling random stuff, and a cute hokey small-town parade.
Just one of the hand-crafted items for sale at the Pear Fair:
You forgot to bring cash, you say?
The long, long line at the Lockeford sausage stand–
But, as you can see, the line was well worth it. It’s really mildly obscene, don’t you think?
Here’s my BFF, with her pear-SHAPED cookie. There were no actual pears harmed in the making of that cookie.
Requisite tourist t-shirt
And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the Pear Fair Parade!
That’s Wally, the master of ceremonies
And Christine with the State Fair Bear. The next kid that went out to greet him wasn’t so lucky. Poppy plowed him over–I’m sure it was an accident.
So, yeah, that about sums up the Pear Fair. It was cute and it was 104* so we pretty much bailed after that.
The ride out of town was lined with pear trees, though. Very picturesque.
AND, I was one of the lucky ones! Most pear related baked goods were sold out by 11:00 am—I managed to score both the Lions Club pear bread
AND the pear pie!