Next week the fair comes to town. I'm not talking about one of those traveling outfits that sets up in a vacant field with carnival and amusement rides over a weekend. I'm referring to what in many parts of the country would be called a county fair. Here it is called a town and country fair and is organized by the Chamber of Commerce and put on by a committee of civic leaders. All proceeds go back into the community through assistance with various community projects. This is a huge event and consistently one of the three largest fairs in the state. Yes, there is the traditional midway with games and rides, but, most visitors come from far and wide for the big name entertainment. Our fair features livestock shows, tractor pulls, exhibition halls filled with exhibits ranging from 4-H projects, garden clubs, cooking contests and displays of artists and merchants. Popular kids contests include bubble gum blowing and a greased pig catch.
This fair started in 1872 and disbanded in 1917. It was revived in 1929 and has been in the same location ever since. For information on the
In the past several years, as many as 95,000 people have attended the five-day event. As you can imagine; the crowds, traffic, noise, and who knows what coming from the fairgrounds can become an aggravation for folks who live nearby. Every empty field for blocks is turned into parking lots and all streets circling the fairgrounds are closed to motorist so coming and going can be difficult. As a result, some of the residents who live near the fairground plan their summer vacation during fair week.
|I saw this sign at last year's fair.|
But, some version of it has been displayed in the same
spot for as long as I can remember.