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   Posted 9/2/2009 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
As we near fall and the end of the growing season the state and county fairs begin to open their doors. Do you like going to fairs? What kind do you have in your area? Why do you like it???

I'm going to let you all start the answers because it's very late and I'm way past my bed time. rolleyes During the day I will share some fun we used to have at the Northwest Washington Fair in Puyallup, Washington.

Play fair. Don't hit people. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
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   Posted 9/3/2009 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
My tiny town holds a big country fair every August, we're locally "famous" for it. It's run by the volunteer fire department & they get fire departments to come from all over the state to drive & march in the big parade Friday night. It's really nice (although it gets old after the umpteenth time). Those of us that live in the town joke that it is an excuse for the firemen to all get together & drink some beers. I actually try to avoid the fair, though. You really can't drive through the center of town during the fair days. We often go away during the fair on purpose. But some years I go or volunteer at the church booth.

The fair's got all sorts of things from rides & racing pigs, to oxen pulling competitions, cattle, sheep, chicken, and rabbit judging, and vegetable & homemade goods competitions. The fair is a major source of income for the town & it draws quite a crowd. This year was a bit of a washout, though (literally). They completely closed the fair/canceled the parade Friday due to bad thunderstorms & then had to close again for the day early Saturday afternoon (more storms). This was unheard of! Sometimes the parade gets rained out, or the fair gets shut down for an hour, but for two evenings! Our town's going to be hurting for money this year!

Fair season is always crazy around here. We've got a lot of them in the area, as I live in the countryside. People are always rushing last minute to get their health papers together for their cattle, which creates a nightmare for us at work!

Then there's the Big E, which is always fun, but too large for my tastes.


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   Posted 9/3/2009 1:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, there are a lot of fairs going on around the region, but I don't go to them. The only one I go to is our Wiine Festival which is the last weekend in September - although since CP I don't even go to that all the time. We have a lot of local wineries here, and rival California's wine country as the climate for growing grapes right along the lake shore is perfect. So there's a big wine tasting tent where all the local wineries put out several wines.

Our firefighters have their big local fundraising carnival in July for cherry season (the Cherry Festival, of course!) and have a huge parade and such like SKeye described. It's their only fundraiser for the year, too. Lots of greasy food - curly fries with vinegar! YUM!

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