Our county fair lasts four days, Wed. through Sat. In this area it's like a homecoming/reunion. People who were born and raised here and left to find work will return for the fair. They'll pull kids out of school to come. It's a small county fair but a pretty neat one. We have rides and games like other fairs, just on a smaller scale. The arts and crafts and baking and horticulture exhibits are usually quite extraordinary for such a small county. You wouldn't believe the quilts that are displayed. We have livestock barns filled with kids showing their prized (and prizewinning) livestock. At the end of the fair they auction the animals and local business overbid to encourage the enterprising kids.
There is a lot of bad-for-you fair food. They offer funnel cakes, cotton candy, candied apples, cheeseburgers, country ham, french fries, ice cream and even homemade apple dumplings (one of my favorites). The Lion's Club runs the BINGO. I've been losing money to them for over a decade now. The Volunteer Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary does the cake wheel. The Wednesday evening program in the Grandstand is usually their big money talent (ha ha) This year it's Brian Keith (wasn't he in Family Affair?
)Thursday is the Demolition Derby which draws people from far and wide, Friday night is the Tractor Pull, a great night for drunken brawls, and all day Saturday is the Horse Show (major snore). At the end of the evening on Saturday night they have a fireworks show. For years M. and I have been going every single night.
This year will be different of course. It will begin as usual with a huge picnic at MIL's which is on the fair parade route. Friends will turn her front and back yard into a parking lot. She's the last house on the right before the fairgrounds. We'll eat a yummy potluck meal and line up by the street to watch the parade. As soon as the parade is over everyone walks to the fair. We usually head straight for the exhibits to see all the wonderful work that has been done over the last year. This year we'll be looking for Emma's pic.
This year will be different because of Emma. The nights will be shorter and not as frequent. We figure to attend Wed. and Fri. My aunt moved a family picnic from Sunday to Saturday which ruined the last night of the fair for us. We're still looking forward to it though. Emma's first fair. Another milestone.
Sadly, it looks like we'll be kicking it off in the rain. Eh, we've done that before too.