Some of you live in the country, like I do, and have the wonderful experience that is your local County Fair. Some are lucky enough to experience the State Fair, as well. For those of you who are not familiar (“city folk”… ), let me enlighten you about the wonder that IS the County Fair… By and large, it is a celebration of hard work. Hard work done by kids of all ages, who participate in 4H, a program which allows kids to learn damn near anything they have an interest in, but focuses heavily on “rural stuff” – Sue can tell us SO much more about it, as she’s intimately involved, but I see, as a former City Girl, such a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn about animals. Intimately. I would have killed, as a kid, for that kind of opportunity.
The County Fair, and then the State Fair, pulls together the best of the community – the best food, the best crafts, the best animals, and the best people, doing what they love most. Even if our own County Fair is in a bit of a state of flux, I still love to go and wander the barns. This week, I had the honor of being completely sunburned while I watched a friend’s daughter compete in the 4H Horse Show. She did AMAZINGLY well, walking away with several championships, and may have qualified for State.
At state, my favorite thing, ever, is watching the Draft Horse Driving – see that picture up there? Yeah, people line the streets at 6 PM on one of the nights of the IA State Fair to watch them come in. The ground literally shakes beneath your feet as those horses dance up the road. One hitch after another they come, and it is absolutely breathtaking.
So. Have you been to YOUR County or State Fair? What’s your favorite part? If not, why not? And what was your weekend like?