I took my little brother to the fair over the weekend and we had a pretty good time despite the heat and long lines. It was a pretty typical fair experience, we got a snow cone and cotton candy, checked out the rides, then headed to the petting zoo where he got knocked over and mugged by some tiny goats for his cup of animal feed.
After that we made our way into the exhibit halls to check out the vendors and contest entries. Which is where we saw a woman handing out mardi gras beads, playing some good old Christian rap in the background, and taking prayer requests for a local fellowship. I kinda wanted to ask her some questions but I was with my brother so I snapped a picture and kept walking.
While looking at the various contest entries I couldn’t help feeling like the judges were a bit biased and/or have horrendous taste.
For example, in the photography exhibit there were some really incredible photos but the ones that won were frequently mediocre pictures of churches or faith based in general, which just didn’t make sense to me. And I don’t mean pictures of gorgeous cathedrals, I’m talking pictures of shitty local churches. I had taken a picture of a picture that got first place as an example but for some reason my phone didn’t save it… apparently even androids have “brain farts” from time to time.
Then there was the hobbies and collections hall where we saw that many of the first place ribbons were again awarded to collections that were ultra patriotic/conservative or faith themed, like in the picture above. Sadly, this is kind of what you come to expect when you live in the armpit of California.
Even thought there was an abundance of faith at the fair (because it just be horrible to leave god at home for once) I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Noah’s Ark storytelling group wasn’t there this year and neither were the crisis pregnancy center people, but I know they weren’t there this year because they’re at the women’s clinic protesting abortion for 40 days and 40 nights.
As we were leaving we happened upon a performance so cringeworthy I had to stop and record it. Considering how terrible she was it’s hard to believe the devil would want her even if he/she did exist. Oh and of course there was also a guy asking for donations by the parking lot as well.
Atheists in Kern County are pretty rare and firebrand atheists are pretty much unheard of in this area and the people here never miss an opportunity to make sure you know you’re in the minority. It would be so nice to be able to go to an event or even just walk outside and not have everyone’s religion shoved in my face.