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A Few Days in Ohio

September 8th, 2014

Since my mom and I were traveling to Seattle, WA together this week, I flew into Ohio a few days early to visit with family. Mr Chiots went with me, he’s flying back to Maine today after spending yesterday visiting with his family. On Friday we went down to the family cabin and enjoyed a day of fun with our nieces & nephew.
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We also stopped by the farm where the kids have their ponies. They have two ponies that someone is keeping for them until they buy their new place.
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On Saturday we went to the Wayne County Fair, a favorite and a family tradition. We like to go on opening day to see all the flowers and vegetables at their finest. We also must buy Lerch’s Donuts and my dad likes to watch the horse pull.
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This fair is everything a rural county fair should be and we had a great day! Of course I’m probably prejudiced, but this is the best county fair there is and I have been to a good number of county fairs.

Do you attend a local county fair in the summer?

The Green Fair

September 14th, 2008

We try to be pretty environmentally friendly here at Chiot’s Run. Our gardens are all organic, no chemicals, no pesticides, only all natural products are used. We have a rain water collection system and we save some gray water for our watering needs. We recycle what we can and try to reuse products as well. I’m always thrilled when I find other doing the same. I was pleasantly surprised by all the green I found at the Wayne County Fair last Sunday. In the school art barns some of the projects were about recycling and being more environmentally friendly.

There were little sprinkles of green throughout the fair (though no recyclables trash cans were to be found, we’ll have to work on that).

As we were leaving we noticed the Sustainable Energy Network Booth, so I stopped to pick up some literature. They had a small solar panel and a wind turbine powering their booth.

Hopefully this will raise awareness in Wayne County on the importance of being environmentally friendly. Now, I wonder when they’ll have an organic produce barn?

Here are 2 of the handouts I picked up at the fair. If you live in NE Ohio, you might be interested in attending a few of the events listed in the Greening Your Home Series. The Ohio Solar Tour is October 4-5, I may be touring a few of the homes.

SEN Directory of Resources, Incentives and Support

Greening Your Home Series

This concludes our Wayne County Fair coverage, tomorrow we will resume regular posting.

The Grand Fair Finale: Lerch’s Donuts

September 13th, 2008

If you’ve never been to the Wayne County Fair you’ve probably never had Lerch’s Donuts. They are famous at the fair (the box even says “Wayne County Fair Style”).

Lerch’s Donuts was founded in 1932 by John Lerch, Sr., when he developed a method of frying soft cake donuts that are not greasy at his downtown Wooster bakery. In 1934, he began producing Lerch’s Donuts at the Wayne County fair, soon becoming the #1 food vendor at the fair. Many things have changed since the 1930s; the bakery has closed, but not the recipe or popularity of Lerch’s Donuts.

Ever since I was a little girl, I remember going to the fair and eating Lerch’s Donuts as soon as we arrived, there’s a booth right inside the front door and we always bought a few boxes before we left. This year was no different. Now Mr. Chiots is a big donut connoisseur, I remember when I first introduced him to Wayne County Fair style donuts so many years ago and he’s been hooked ever since. (did I mention Mr Chiots really likes donutes?)

This year we waited until we were ready to leave to pick up our donuts (didn’t want to carry them around all day). So I got out my money and stood in line-the LOOOOOOOONG line.

I ordered 2 dozen donuts: 1 regular sugar, 1 cinnamon sugar. You can even walk around the side of the building and watch them make the donuts, boy they sure can crank out those donuts.

As soon as we got our donuts we cracked open the box and each enjoyed one. MMMMM, tastes like we’re at the Wayne County Fair!

Now if you want to try a Lerch’s Donut you’ll have to go the Wayne County Fair or spot one of the 3 trailers that they move around to various events in Wayne County (it’s rumored that they’re branching out and have a stand a several other local county fairs). So what’s your favorite fair food?

The Great Pumpkin

September 12th, 2008

The fair is full of flowers & veggies galore. My mom always likes to go to the fair on opening day so the flowers are still fresh. We were there the day after so a few of them were already wilted, but most of them were still nice. There were the usual zinnias, sunflowers and hydrangeas and a few interesting flowers I had never seen before.

Poor Mr Chiots had to leave the flower barn early because all the pollen was making his allergies act up. Is it any wonder when this is what it looked like aisle after aisle?

I think my favorite thing about the fair is the vegetable & grain barn. This is where they keep The Great Pumpkin, the heaviest pumpkin grown in Wayne County.

There is one family in Wayne County that always wins the pumpkin contest. So how big was the award winner this year? This is the weight written on the pumpkin.

The vegetable barn is full of fruits & veggies of all shapes and sizes. The biggest and the smallest the ugliest and the most beautiful of each variety, they fill table after table.

There were also tomatoes galore, big ones, small ones, yellow ones, red ones, fat ones, skinny ones, smooth ones and bumpy ones. Many of them were heirloom tomatoes, which was nice to see.

I was glad to see some San Marzano Tomatoes. I’m planning on growing these next year for sauces.

And check out the size of this beet!

If only all of our harvest baskets from our gardens looked like this one. So what’s your favorite vegetable? I’ve always been a fan of The Great Pumpkins.

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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