#245 Go to a Fair

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#245

Go to a Fair

All American

Is there anything more American than a County or State Fair? Similar to a festival in that it brings communities and/or groups together, a county or state fair is designed for the exhibition of animals and events associated with agriculture. This is where you’ll find the Grand Champion Bull and the best tasting jar of bread and butter pickles. These local fairs are a breeding ground for the future of at least one part of our food supply chain. In addition, they are platforms for students and adults across the nation to show off their hard work in textiles, with animals, food, and plants, as well as heritage and crafting projects.

New Stuff

If you are looking for a new hybrid Azalea, chances are you’ll find one at a State Fair. Would you like to motivate your children to take up sewing? A stroll through the textile area will offer a glimpse into the creations of other children in her age group. Do you want to know how to get the best egg production from your Long Island Red rooster? Talk with people who won ribbons in that category. If you’re interested, even the vendors are touting their newest and shinest machinery, gadgets, and electronics to make your endeavors higher producing, more efficient, and/or less costly.

Food

As if all that isn’t enough to entice you, some of the best local food can be found at County Fairs. There is typically a ‘food barn’ where local women have set up a pop up restaurant of sorts – home cooking at it’s finest (at least in some locals), usually to support the community 4-H programs that are represented there. Comfort food like Grandma’s Chicken & Dumplings or Uncle Pete’s Fire Chili (perhaps a Blue Ribbon Winner) are most likely on the menu.

Entertainment

Of course there are rides and games to make the environment charged with excitement and anticipation but maybe the icing on the cake is evening entertainment which, varies of course by location and Fair size. There will likely be tractor pull competitions, demolition derbies, or big ticket concerts most evenings of the fair. Additionally, it’s a common platform for Country music artists early in their career, giving us an early introduction to some great musicians. Typically a fair runs a week, give or take a couple of days.

A simple Google search for county or state fair with the addition of your state identity (i.e., New York county fair schedule) should give you all details so that you can grab the fam and …

Go to a Fair

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#247 Go to a Festival

Sharing 365 life lessons, tips, or hacks; the things that make life easier, happier, and more productive. I hope you’ll follow along and find them helpful too.

#247

Go to a festival

In the summer months, there seems to be a festival for just about anything you might find interesting. If you live in the Chicago Metropolitan area, there are more than 40 festivals in the month of July alone! While many of them appear to celebrate or focus on food such as the Roscoe Village Burger Fest or the

Tacos y Tamales Festival, others focus on drink (Chicago Craft Beer Festival & the Chicago Whiskey & Wine Beach Festival).  Many of them are themed around the arts or music as well. Each weekend there are several to choose from and the choice may be difficult.

Carnivals

Large cities offer a plethora of opportunities for festival fun but small towns get in the mood as well. As a child, my sister and I looked forward to the Fireman’s Carnival each summer. It was a traveling group that made the rounds through all of the small towns in our county and surrounding area. We rode the Ferris Wheel and stood in line for the Tilt-a-Whirl no matter the summer temperature knowing we could get snow cones before going home. The memories made that week each year are some of my favorite childhood reflections.

Finding them

With an internet connection finding a festival to attend is easy. Most large communities have Facebook pages or independent websites touting the ‘things to do’ each weekend. More generic sites dedicated to promoting Festivals in general also exist… Festivals.com allows you to enter a zip code to discover what’s happening in that locale and it is one of many like minded sites. It’s a great resource when you find yourself in an unfamiliar city and want to get a taste (perhaps literally) of the local scene.

Check it out, look at your summer calendar and make plans to …

Go to a festival.

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