|Dave in Thailand
PSU Agricultural Fair, August 13-22 2004
|The "Ag Fair" ("Ngan-gaset" in Thai) is a pretty big deal at PSU - this is the 13th annual edition,and it gets bigger every year. Originally it was just the Faculty of Natural Resources, where I worked for the first three years I was here, hosting it on their grounds, but now the whole university has become involved, and classes pretty much stop, as there are many other activities at the same time - PSU Open Week, and a few days of Science Fair, a Stamp Exhibition, the Southern Book Fair, a new Weaving Exhibition this year, and probably other stuff as well - a fun week for all, with lots of traffic jams and people!|
|Greetings and Welcome to the
2004 PSU Agricultural Fair!
|Lots of people here today - and every day - it's very popular|
|Lots of handicrafts - beautiful stuff too!|
|...more handicrafts - very talented craftspersons|
|Khun (Mr.) Chamnong and his baskets (left) - he has won many awards for his work...
|Mr. Guitar (most Thais have a nickname) does very fine work ..../|
|.... and critters ....
|.... plants are always popular
|Some aware students made a display about the impending FTA agreement between Thailand and Australia - I told them they were doing the right thing - I think they were a bit surprised!|
|But in the end - it's about the food and socializing!|
|Fresh made while you wait - a million tastes, amazing variety!!
|That's heck of a zuchini!....
||...and the deep-fried grasshoppers look yummy! (unfortunately I was full already...))
After the deep-fried bug larva (above), a lottery ticket is always a perplexing but popular choice...
|--and some games for the kids, and another snack!|
|--and a delicious dinner at the end of the round!|
Well - a very brief look at the yearly Agricultural Fair, and some of what it has to offer. I look forward to it every year, not just because it's a week off work, but because of the many new people we get to meet, and the beautiful new handicrafts to see every year - always something new and different - and the great food as well!