We used to go to our annual county fair on a semi-regular basis between the ages of say 6-18. The big draws for me were always the rides, the occasional indulgence in healthy fair food (elephant ears, cotton candy, fried sugar-coated lard, etc), and later on the seeming surplus of 16 year old blonde sluts in attendance. The whole agrarian thing was kinda lost on me. I imagine this was and probably still is the case for the vast majority of urban and suburbanites in attendance. Who got the blue ribbon for best apple pie? Biggest hog? Largest pumpkin? Best trained dog? Meh, I couldn't have cared less. I haven't been to the county fair in decades, but now that Junior has entered the picture I find myself considering the matter once again through admittedly different lenses.
The county fair has been on shaky financial grounds locally for many years. Area farmers still attend and promote the event, but like the rest of the country our population's agricultural ties and character has diminished significantly over the years. I'm sure this is not the case in many rural areas and for places like BFE Nebraska, the fair still represents many communities' entertainment high water mark for the year and continues to be a Big Deal even to this day.
How about you - is the county fair a big deal in your neck of the woods? When was the last time you attended a fair? Do you find yourself beginning to suspect the midway games may actually be studies in deception (surely not!)? Rural folks: have you ever entered anything into a fair competition? Does the fair hold any charms for you or your kids?