Do you go to your county fair? Does your county even have a fair anymore? If you’ve never been, you should go. County fairs (and many state fairs) are an excellent mix of carnival rides, fried foods, agricultural displays, and 4H-y, home-makery type contests. You know, the kinds that win you a blue ribbon? If you’re lucky.
The Hudson Valley happens to have lots of county fairs. We’re going to another one in a few weeks. The are not cheap these days (admissions were $8 and $15 at the two we’ve been to so far), but you can often spend all day at them. My favorites are the spectacles of tractor and horse pulls. Though demolition derby’s aren’t bad either. Loud, but not bad. The concerts are generally pretty good too, especially if they’re free.
One of my favorite things to do is peruse the 4H displays – especially the ones done by kids. Some of them are adorably rustic. Some are amazingly good for the age of the person. And the knitting and sewing displays are often really good (though sometimes they are hilariously awful). My only real wish is that the food displays would have better labeling.
And then there’s the food. Fresh squeezed lemonade and orangeade, kettle corn, fresh-cut fries, fry bread, funnel cakes, and if you’re lucky, all sorts of ethnic street food. Of course, the trick is to not overeat until you feel kinda sick (harder than you might think) and to try and walk enough to undo some of the massive amounts of calories you’ve just consumed.
So here are a few photos of the two county fairs I’ve visited so far.
And that’s the fair! Actually, two of them. So what do you think? Would these pictures make you want to visit one? Tell us about your favorite parts of the county fair in the comments below.
Stay tuned for a post on the tractor pull (plus a video!) and some recipes inspired by the fair.