Thursday, August 06, 2009

County Fair

The Pigeon Falls Lion's Club wishes to announce a story writing contest for anybody interested in writing short stories. The Story can be anywhere between one hundred and six hundred words. 'The title must be " I remember when ........"
The story should be obviously false but with a ring of possible truth. ( Figure that out)
There are no real prizes but your story will become part of the ongoing Pigeon Falls story.
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Yesterday Betty and I went to the County Fair.
It was a great day to go with a nice cool breeze.
Going to a Fait, for me, is like a trip back into my past.
Memories flow in from every direction
When I was a kid we never went to amusement parks but every year my dad took us to the UP State Fair.
There were rides and games and excitement.
It was Paradise for a kid.
I always bet on which hole the mouse would go in. I always lost.
When I got older I took my chickens and pigeons to the fair. I never got a blue ribbon but it was still fun.
All those memories.
Then there are memories of grandma going with us and bringing a picnic basket full of pasties.
So many memories.
This County Fair was not bad. The crowd was small. The exhibits were good.
Even the food was reasonable. You could get a hot dog for $1.00.
And even though it wasn’t “my fair” the memories were there.
It was a wonderful day.
So here are some pictures from the day. I decided against putting them in a slide show because this way if you see something you like you can click on it and make it large.
On the bottom is a movie of the rides. Wouldn’t be a fair without them.


Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Thank you for sharing this post with the pictures. If I was on any of those rides, I'd be very queezy if not sick. I always did like the Tilt~a~Whirl when I was younger.

1:53 AM  
Blogger Stephen said...

I don't think we spent too much time at actual fairs when I was young, but reading your post brought back memories of going to Encanto Park in Phoenix in the 1960s. It had a small section with amusement park rides, but it also had a large open area where people could have picnics or just relax. I think it also had some playground equipment there. I particularly enjoyed playing on a hill that had large embedded boulders. We used to jump from one boulder to another. Some were close enough together that we didn't need to jump to reach them, but there were a few that were too far apart for me to get to by jumping, and I had to get on the ground and take a step or two to reach them.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

2:16 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Did they HAVE amusement parks when we were kids??? WE never went to one! It was always the fair! The COUNTY fair... never the state fair! To this day I have never been to a Maryland State Fair - although I have been to the Minnesota State Fair! County fairs are fun though... yours looks just about the same as ours - and just about as crowded! The only time ours is crowded is on FRIDAY - which is KIDS DAY - and the schools CLOSE for it! Can you believe that??? I don't go near it on Friday anymore - though when my kids were small, I did. Almost turned me against fairs! It didn't take long for my kids to figure out though that if we went on Thursday night they got to ride 10 times as many rides, play 10 times as many games, and they didn't have to spend ANY time waiting in lines... not even for a candy apple or a funnel cake! Sometimes we went on Saturday too - for the tractor pull! Yep... fairs are great! :) Thanks for posting yours! I LOVE that one picture you got where you caught the little girl IN JUMP!

6:34 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Oh! And now I want some corn on the cob! Yep... for breakfast!

6:36 AM  
Blogger Cherie said...

So glad that you had fun at the fair. I love looking at the animals. They're always spiffed up and looking their best. Blow-driers and hairspray for cows, what's this world coming to? LOL

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been such a long time since I've been to a fair. But they are so fun. Loved looking at the pictures and the video of the rides was awesome. I like the Merry-Go-Round. Always something magical about that. They had The Hawai'i State Farm Fair at a high school for years here. It was a blast. No rides or anything and now it's turned out to be something really small. It's sort of gone by the wayside. Growing up I don't think I ever went to a Country Fair. Yes, carnivals but nothing with animals and such. It was just a fun way here in Hawai'i to get away from all the hub-bub of city life and enjoy a cheap meal :)

10:02 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

We have a county fair near us here and we go to the Forksville Fair in PA. They are always fun and the kids, big and small love them too.

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10:47 AM  
Blogger aims said...

What is a summer without a fair?

Unfortunately here (not far away from where I live) the stage blew down in a sudden tornado and killed a woman. Kevin Costner was up next - that would have upset the applecart if he had been on stage when it happened.

I - as usual - what helping my brother in another little town in Alberta.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous quilly said...

I left your comment for here on the Pigeon Falls blog, so here just let me say, I'm looking forward to the writing contest!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Alastair said...

We have much smaller scale village shows here which have much of the atmosphere you mention, Dr John. We do have an annual County Show or regional shows here too, which are great fun and normally have lots of the elements of your great pictures!

It's always nice to see what you have in common with people all over the globe, thanks for sharing!

2:10 PM  
Blogger butterflies said...

I love country fairs:)
I love to see all the stall holders with their hand made jewellery and hippie clothes.

and all the animals that I dont have on my farm :)

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We always lost the kid within us And the we find the kid again we are joyful/cheerful.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

When I was a child there were no fair at all, the country was in ruins and nobody thought about fancy fairs of course. But I loved to go to the markets and I still do ! When it doesn't rain I go there each sunday morning.

11:48 PM  
Blogger Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

When I was a kid the fair was always one of the yearly highlights!

6:31 AM  

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