“If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest, craziest, most dysfunctional family
in the world, all you have to do is go to a state fair.
Because five minutes at the fair, you’ll be going,
‘You know, we’re alright. We are dang near royalty.'”
A beauty queen and a prize-winning pig, a 167 pound watermelon, murals made of corn, basketball-size rabbits, earless goats, 3-D quilts, Chinese acrobats, and diving dogs; ahhh yes – let’s all go to the Kentucky State Fair.
It’s that time of year and all over America city slickers like me are visiting local fairs to rediscover their agricultural roots. These fun fairs are pure Americana and a celebration of everyday life and the camaraderie of healthy competition.
Ribbons, plaques, and trophies are awarded in an incredible variety of categories such as livestock, jams and jellies, handicrafts, cakes, quilts, seed art, country hams, and even the best crowing rooster. Of course fairs are corny, and that’s exactly why we love them.
The exhibits and shows are entertaining, educational and sometimes hilarious, but fair-going is hungry work. Not to worry. The enticing smells of burgers, corn dogs, and taters of all descriptions wafting through the air cast a net and reel in the hungry. In addition to the usual fare, there’s the opportunity to indulge in the the latest unhealthy food craze: a donut burger. Weighing in at 1500 fat and sugar-soaked calories, the American Heart Association must certainly have this recipe on its bad-to-the-max list: a beef patty, cheese, and bacon sandwiched between two glazed donuts. Honestly, I was afraid to try it. Not because it was weird but because I thought I might like it.
According to the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, there are over 3200 fairs each year in North America and attendance is booming. So finding a fair near you isn’t an excuse. Get out there and go to your local fair! I promise a few good chuckles, a smile-inducing day, and the opportunity to rub elbows with devotees of all descriptions.
Did your local fair have a wacky sight that you enjoyed? We’d love to hear about it.
James & Terri