|Outside, in the typically late summer
San Francisco weather of wind and fog, there were such cosmopolitan country fair booths as
psychics, crafts and clothing alongside displays for AT&T, PacTel, Greenpeace and the
San Francisco Conservation Corps.
The most famous event, the Impossible Parking Space
Race, was won by Roger LaRue, a theatrical producer in San Francisco. His winning time was
35 minutes - eight minutes slower than last year's winner, John Colman. Colman, who won
the race three years in a row, did not participate this year.
This year's race contestants had to find spaces in each of four neighborhoods: North
Beach, Chinatown, Union Square and the Inner Richmond. Unlike previous years, colored
zones, Saturday and fifteen-minute-only spaces did not count. These changes and the
distance of the Inner Richmond area from the downtown areas helped increase the completion
times 'of the contestants.
Another famous contest, the Fog Calling Contest, was won by Michael Hicks of San
Francisco. Wearing a lampshade hat, Hicks gave a remarkable imitation of the foghorns
which surround the Bay. As Hicks moaned, the real foghorns could be heard answering
through the mist, as though they and not the fog were the objects of his calls.
The contestants for the Urban Scarecrow Award were made up of a variety of materials,
from pieces of junk to old clothing and torn dollar bills. The winner was Tomas Nakada of
San Francisco. His seven-foot tall construction of rusty scrap metal and pipe leaned over
the other contestants in the crowded display area, which looked more like the latest
Municipal Sculpture than a collection of the traditional rural creations.
Near the Urban Scarecrows was the token agricultural exhibit, consisting of one
half-ton boar, a dozen squealing piglets, children together in a large pen and two large
Holstein dairy cows, the 'Theme Cows' of the exhibit. Neither the piglets nor the children
seemed to notice anything unusual about the event. Perhaps one fair is very like another,
at least to those inside the pens.