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26 Moments At The Fair That Will
Restore Your Faith In America

The Federalist, by Rebecca Cusey

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/27/2014 5:48:12 AM

If you’re starting to think America is all narcissistic selfies and contentious Internet comments, there’s a cure for that. Pack up the family, slip on your cowboy boots, and head on down to the county or state fair. You’ll see that there are plenty of people who still know how to work hard, make things, and have fun. Here are 26 steps to get your very own injection of American exceptionalism. 1. Mosey through the crafts pavilion and see that people do, indeed, still make things. Beautiful things. Hard things.(Snip for photo)2. Head over to the farming pavilion with the whopping

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I love fairs, big State Fairs, little County Fairs, all of them.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 7/27/2014 6:36:45 AM     (No. 9941698)

Indeed. After the petting zoo the first place I wanted to take my kids was the student arts & crafts. Inspiring - for adults like me as well. All manner of talent on display and a valuable lesson in achievement in areas other than academics which is so important esp. for boys who aren´t all that excited about school.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: FunOne, 7/27/2014 7:21:19 AM     (No. 9941717)

Thanks for posting.

Americans needed that.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: patpgmr, 7/27/2014 7:21:55 AM     (No. 9941719)

Lovely. Thanks for a good start to the day.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TheMom, 7/27/2014 7:25:46 AM     (No. 9941724)

Got my smile back, thank you. God Bless America.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: RedLegLeader68, 7/27/2014 8:04:47 AM     (No. 9941765)

Thanks, I needed that!

God Bless America!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/27/2014 8:09:33 AM     (No. 9941772)

My son and daughter go to their county fair every year on or about their anniversary. It has special meaning for them and they love it. The petting zoo is a don´t miss for these animal lovers.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 7/27/2014 8:09:54 AM     (No. 9941773)

Son and daughter-in-law.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: richwill, 7/27/2014 9:57:11 AM     (No. 9941892)

Terrific thoughts and photos. A must read article.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: starbaby, 7/27/2014 10:15:53 AM     (No. 9941929)

Pretty hard to go to the fair and not laugh - a lot! Thanks for the reminder, OP.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: farmwife, 7/27/2014 10:54:28 AM     (No. 9941969)

State Fair in Great Falls, MT going on now. Americana!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/27/2014 11:42:15 AM     (No. 9942026)

´Our State Fair is a Great State Fair.
Don´t miss it don´t even be late´

Texas being the big state it is, known for state fairs. An entire day would be spent (compliments of our Dallas school system) to tour the grounds.

The Art-Deco Buildings at Fair Park have always had a spell on me. The event of the Women´s Building and persons entering the different foods in order to win a Blue Ribbon.

Memory fades but one building housed SW Bell. There, a visitor could phone long distance to anywhere at no charge to them. Mother would, each year, call my Dad´s ´folk´s up north.

Borden´s brought in Elsie and Elmo to push the Borden brand. At this location was a water wheal, a restaurant (fried chicken) called YoungBloods.

The midway would be rocking with carnies (sorry, for that connotation), rides, games, and freak shows.

Years ago a visit would include lots and lots of freebies, Food samples, and many other items as well. The Automobile Building was the main event for the men. New cars on the floor, every type and maker. A place to dream. And many good looking women who would stand like Vanna White repeating the pluses of the vehicle.

The large Aquarium, the Natural History Museum, and others which remain unremembered.
One year there was a free concert (can´t recall the company, Pepsi?) Ike and Tina Turner on stage performing. The crowd went wild. Alas, like many other things from the fifties, these now exist in memory and fade over time.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/27/2014 11:51:52 AM     (No. 9942031)

Oh, #11, you and I were probably there on at the same time on one of those Texas Public School Days. Remember that we got free Dr. Pepper and a hot dog in the parking lot at lunchtime? The double ferris wheel and how exciting it was to ride until there was a bad accident casing it to be closed forever?

Fun times. The Fair still goes on in early October, Big Texas still is the meeting spot and he still talks to us, but not in the way old Jim Lowe used to do.

Thanks for reminding me of those days and those times.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/27/2014 11:53:34 AM     (No. 9942036)

Sorry about the typos. I was typing in sheer excitement. "at the same time" and "causing".

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Reply 14 - Posted by: dvc, 7/27/2014 12:14:07 PM     (No. 9942052)

Thank you!

What a refreshing break from all the hideous, hateful ugliness that is the big and nasty cities, filled with violent criminals and destructive leftist freaks and crazies tearing at the foundations and fabric of this great country.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: enuf8, 7/27/2014 12:18:03 PM     (No. 9942058)

The fair in Texas is the entire month of October. Big Tex has been restored after the fire and is supposed to be bigger and better than prviously.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/27/2014 1:00:10 PM     (No. 9942094)

#11, though it might have been forgotten don´t remember the DP and dogs in the parking lot Perhaps Dallas schools were not as generous as others. Though it´s been years, the buildings have been visited just for the museums, galleries, and aquarium.

Failed to mention in first post the Dancing Waters show (fountains in a shallow pool with colored lighting. Almost a firework show. The Band Shell. And of course the Cotton Bowl, and Music Hall (which might now be gone)

In the evening on occasion there would be a parade on the fair grounds. One year moi was fortunate to be able to ride in one of the convertibles, in a long gown to wave at the crowd, tiara and all.

Thanks for pulling those long forgotten memories to the surface.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/27/2014 1:06:24 PM     (No. 9942102)

Well, dumb blond moment. Meant #12 rather than 11. Sorry!


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Reply 18 - Posted by: altoona, 7/27/2014 1:48:49 PM     (No. 9942134)

When summer is over (sigh) and the fairs have moved on, come to the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January in Harrisburg. We usually have some snow here, but this indoor exposition is splendid.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/27/2014 1:58:15 PM     (No. 9942144)

One more post. I have to tell #16 that the Music Hall not only still stands, beautifully restored and maintained, but hosts the Summer Musicals yet. I go as often as possible. Last year, we saw "Jersey Boys" in a sold-out audience. As I am sure you remember, there are performances during the Fair. On those schoolday outings, groups of us would buy tickets to whatever the show was for that particular year and get rare exposure to show business. We saw "Pajama Game" with Janet Blair, "The King and I" with Yul Brynner.

I had forgotten the Dancing Waters until you mentioned them.

Alas, I never rode in a convertible in a long dress, waving to the crowd. Some gals have all the fun.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: glsmith36, 7/27/2014 9:03:18 PM     (No. 9942477)

The Butter Cow at the Iowa State Fair is not to be missed.

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