Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The County Fair

Fall in small town Texas means two things.  High School Football, a Texas religion. And the County Fair.

The Fair starts with a parade--everybody in town is in it or watching it, except me this year (cleaning house for Mom's visit, which supercedes everything). 

After the parade, the town troops over to the fairground.  Exhibits, rodeo, local bands, cotton candy, the ferris wheel.

You have to go.  Your kids or neighbors or cousins have entered and you need to see their entries so you can tell them they're the best. 

<---------The Elvis of the chicken world.

You think your loved ones are always the best, but they're going to ask you what you thought about their rabbit, or the German Chocolate Cake that bested Grandma's Apple Cake.  And you have to be able to look 'em in the eye when you say you saw it all and nothing was as good as theirs.

The 4H kids bring the animals they've spent the last year raising, chickens, rabbits, goats, pigs and cows. Horses too.

My favorite event last year was the Under 12 steer competition.  

The young girl who won not only raised the steer, she trotted that more-than-12-times-her-weight-animal around the ring, making a figure 8, keeping the steer's hind quarters tucked and head up.  Which is better than I can say for my own posture most of the time, so I'm impressed.

My second favorite was the tractor pull.  Amazing how well the old guys go--men and machines alike.  Some have worked sixty years in tandem, testimony that good work oils the gears and joints.

County Fairs are fun in the Hill Country, but they're fun wherever you live too.  Hope you find one this fall.  And tell me about your favorite sight.

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  1. This brings back some happy memories.

  2. The fair is awesome! We got to go this year and had a blast - but it was a state fair, not a county one. :( Never been to a county one. Or a parade. . .

  3. My sister, who lives in MN told me that they delay the starting of school BECAUSE of the State Fair. I guess Texas isn't the only diehard state when it comes to fairs.
    Good photos!

  4. Great post Kathleen. I don't think we have a "county fair" here, per se. But of course, we *do* have the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo every spring :-)

  5. Didn't make it to the county fair in Sonoma this year, but I love our Future Farmers Fair in May. I walked in the parade. Love your county fair memories, Kathleen!
    x0 N2

  6. I'm quite certain the Canadian version of fairs pales in comparison .
    As a former member of 4H though, I do have some memories...
    no livestock, I took breadmaking, embroidery, poise and posture ... oh actually I did help my best friend at the time with her goats.. forgot.
    and I was in a parade once... third place in the miss local contest . that could be a blog post one time maybe....

  7. I love football. Hooray for fall!

    Still having problems with your site. I even tried re-bookmarking it.

    Guess it's just me. Figures.

    Love you!

  8. I grew up in Dallas. Our fair was the Great State Fair. It was a lot different, way back when I was growing up. Lots of demonstrations...free samples of everything from thread to lots of different foods. The big midway. Unveiling of the new cars. Lots of fun things.

    It's not quite what it was back then. I think the smaller, county fairs are much better, today.

    And football....in Texas, football is King.

  9. Oh you pegged it precisely. You must be able to look each and every beloved person straight in the eyes and tell them you did see it all yet theirs was the very best.

    Having moved back to Austin after living in a small east Texas town years ago I think it is the parade I miss most. There is something so earnest about it all and nothing matches marching in groups when you know everybody you see along the way.

  10. What a great way to spend the day, that Elvis of the chicken world is very impressive, love the spotted feathers; it seems like an age since I have eaten cotton candy. :) xoxo ♡

  11. OK. I really need to get to the Fair. I haven't been since I was 15 and I'm 58. You have convicted and convinced me of the error of my ways.

  12. That blonde kid with the huge Whitehead-Hereford, priceless.


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