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Back to the Fair: And All American Affair

September 11th, 2008

The Fair is definitely an All-American affair. It’s full of quintessential American things like: thrill rides, tractors, 4-H, livestock, flowers, antiques, greasy food with too many condiments, and people wearing out of date clothing. It just feels so American when you’re there.

One of the traditional American things about the fair is the grange exhibit. It’s a big round barn that’s full of All-American things like, fruits & veggies, antiques, flags, grains, etc. Each of the local granges does their own exhibit, some fill theirs with local produce & canned goods, others with antiques.

They’re different each year and always very interesting. This year the City of Wooster is celebrating their 200th anniversary so they Wooster grange did an anniversary display. There are so many interesting things in the grange exhibit. I always enjoy looking at the antiques.

This year there was a beekeeping exhibit in the grange, which was very exciting. I picked up a bunch of literature because I’m thinking of getting some bees next spring.

The school and 4H barns are also interesting. They are filled with all different kinds of project. This year I think every shop student decided to build a cornhole game. I always appreciate the beautiful tractors that were restored by students.

The greasy food is also an American thing. The smell of fried dough just lingers in the air.

All the condiment tables just gross me out. I don’t want to touch ketchup bottles that thousands of people have touched after going through the goat & horse barns and touching the animals. I’ll take my fries plain thanks.

You see so many interesting things at the fair, especially clothing wise. It’s always dicey taking a photo though (don’t want to get caught). Check out this guy proudly displaying his mullet and this other guy rockin’ the white jeans.

And what’s more American than a Blue Ribbon?

So what’s your favorite All-American part of the fair?

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