Can’t wait for August? Get an early taste of fair food

It’s a long time until summer fair season.

Some of us wish we could munch on elephant ears and eat hot corn on the cob that seems to taste better when it’s served next to cotton candy kiosks and a pig barn in Monroe.

The purple cow booth won’t be open, but this weekend we can get a taste of the midway at the Spring Recreation Expo at Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe.

Find recreation and leisure products, view displays, watch demonstrations, attend workshops, go on Funtastic Carnival rides and learn about gardening, landscaping, outdoor living spaces, cooking and playing in our own back yards.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The food lineup includes hamburgers, hot dogs, red ropes, cotton candy, a Fisher scone trailer, chicken sandwiches, barbecued rib sandwiches, fries, corn dogs, German sausage sandwiches and yes, elephant ears.

Besides getting a sample of August food, there is a feature that’s much nicer than the annual fair. There is free parking and admission this weekend.

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Speaking of being hungry, don’t go to the Washington State Sugar Artist 2010 Sugar Art and Cake Show to get samples.

Folks don’t get to eat the displays.

The Washington State Sugar Artist organization offers a show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine St., Everett.

Elizabeth Elsbree says folks who enjoy watching cable television will appreciate the creations.

“The caliber of entries would definitely interest cake show watchers,” Elsbree says. “I’m one of them.”

Drop by for free demonstrations by regional decorating experts, she says. For more information, visit

More than 125 cakes will be set up Saturday by artists from the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

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Vicki Tanner from Stanwood is taking her vintage fashions on the road. She will show her classic clothes at Assistance League’s Kitty Young Auxiliary’s An April Affair Tea at noon Saturday in the Gretchen DeLap Room, 5107 Evergreen Way, Everett.

Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. by Attic Secrets Cafe and Tea of Marysville.

Tickets are $25. For more information, call Linda Farrington at 360-658-4507.

Tanner’s models will wear clothing from her own collection representing fashions from 1800s to the 1980s.

Assistance League spokeswoman Margaret Lund says the 16 tables at the tea are each decorated by imaginative auxiliary members who vie to create the most beautiful and interesting arrangement.

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A special tree will be planted Thursday at Cascadia Community College in Bothell.

A tree planting is planned at noon to commemorate Earth Day. It’s one of several 2010 events to also celebrate the college’s 10th anniversary.

“The big leaf maple sapling that will be planted has been grown from a seed by campus grounds staff,” says spokesman Daniel Rinder. “The seed came from a majestic tree that once grew in the lawn outside Cascadia’s first building.”

Guests at the tree planting ceremony will be given a bag of 100 percent organic compost from Cascadia’s worm compost bins, as well as packages of seeds to plant at home.

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