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08 August, 2007

The County Fair

I live in Putnam County. I'm still figuring out what it means to be in a County. It's a lot different from English County's as far as I can deduce..especially as they are a lot smaller. Hence, they can have such a thing as a county fair. This was my first fair-going experience in WV and the USA so I was pretty excited. Especially as Ms. AllClick had talked about getting a "Funnel cake" for about 3 weeks previous and I was interested to sample this culinary delight. My first surprise at the fair was the price. I wouldn't say I'm particularly tight, I'm just not used to paying money to attend fairs. So I paid the $8 and strolled on in. The rest of the fair was similar to fairs I had been to before. Kids rides, some scary rides with questionable safety and a whole lot of food stands. I hadn't ever seen ATV tracks at a fair before though, and that was a big crowd puller. I stayed a couple of seconds just to see what was happening and then wandered off again. Not my thing. Then I saw something else I wasn't used to: live animals at the fair! So we wondered over and I finally got some sort of reference to the word "4-H". There were a heck of a lot of pigs, some cows, and donkeys. I'm fond of animals so I really enjoyed it. I tried to put it out of my mind that these were probably not bred just to be petted. They had some more exotic animals too, monkeys and snakes but I passed on those as I strolled over to the stage where a band were playing. Brilliant. I'd never seen that before either (at a fair). We ate our corn dogs and watched the band a while. Overall an enjoyable experience. I think the cost was about $40 for the whole night. Not bad for some wholesome entertainment..but I couldn't help thinking that I'd have probably felt better spending those $8 at the door on some of the stands that were raising money. Maybe next year I'll remember to ask where my $8 is going.

P.S. The funnel cakes were excellent.


Anonymous said...

Don't forget about that excellent lemonade! We could still go see the Deen brothers at the STATE fair ;-)

Chris James said...

I've said it before and I will say it again: giant pig testicles are the funniest things evuh.