County Fairs

Saturday, September 01, 2012

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One of the great things about summer are the county/state fairs that they spawn. Yesterday, DH and I went to a local county fair we have been attending for over 20 years. While we don't do rides anymore (none are wheelchair accessable) or play the games (we know how they're stacked), it's still nice to walk around. The exhibits are great, the 4H kids work hard and you get to see their products and I LOVE the horses that are on exhibit. WHen I was younger, I was part centaur, loved to ride. I miss that. But I still make sure to check them out whenever we go.

Of course, there's the fair food. We still try to eat as healthy as we can while we're there. So many church's and groups have stands and the food is usually fantastic. I admit, I fell victim to some roasted corn on the cob and a baked potato. I was good otherwise, no candy, ice cream or sweets.

The best part is the people watching. We love to sit in the shade, if we can find it (it was 90 there yesterday with a nice breeze). You see all shapes and sizes, love watching the kids win at the goldfish games, walking around with ice cream faces. You know they're having a GREAT time! There was a little boy, in a stroller, who had gotten a large, elongated baloon. We did a double take as he went by, he had place the balloon between his legs, I guess to keep it safe but what a sight! emoticon Some people, obviously, don't own a mirror because if they could see what we do instead of their own reflection. Really people, when you're 80 you don't wear daisy dukes anymore no matter how thin you are! You're legs can't carry them unless you're providing road maps to somewhere!

I'm not critical of those who are many different weights and shapes. Some should not be wearing the clothing that they do. Let's face it, white stretch pants do not look good on a woman who weighs 300+ and has more rolls than the local bakery. I know that because she also thought she looked good in a very small band top. Too much skin. Most women who are in my weight class dress for it, some don't. You do have to be comfortable in your skin but this woman was too comfortable for my mind.

Many older citizens as well as many in wheelchairs and jazzy type vehicles. It's nice, there's free admission for those of us who are differently abled. There's usually some kind of band in the center of the fair, at night, the high school bands in the area play. And of course, there's emoticon. It really is a great day out. I look forward to this fair every year.

In September, the "BIG" fair comes to PA in a place called Bloomsburg. I believe it's the largest in the eastern part of the state. Last year, it was cancelled for the first time in over 100 yrs because of the terrible flooding we got as a result of a couple of hurricaines. I've heard they're really working hard to get it ready for this year. We've never been, always seemed something else would come up. We're aiming to go this year. I love these fairs, you always meet nice people and see the greatest things. Enjoy whatever fairs you get to go to.
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    I used to go to the county fair before I retired. The Agency I worked for had a booth every year and employees would sign up to work the Fair. My dughter and grandkids would meet me there and we'd see the Fair. We liked going through the floral displays to see how inventive local landscapers were.

    No deep fried stuff for me though. I have tried to avoid eating 'gut busters' for years just because they gave me a stomach ache. emoticon emoticon I'd rather people watch anyway. emoticon
    2055 days ago
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