Last week I mentioned that I won some ribbons at the Howard County Fair. The day I learned that news was the first day in years I had visited a county fair. A few years ago, I was given free tickets to the Maryland State Fair so I went with a friend. Other than that it had been years since I had been to any kind of fair.
When I was a young adult, I lived in the Bay Area. I went to county fairs and state fairs every year. They were literally every summer weekend, and doing anything in the summer in California is fun. When I moved back to Minnesota( my first time there was as a college and grad school student), I visited the State Fair almost every year. That was the “in” thing” to do. If you did not boast about your day at the Fair or rather days at the Fair, you were not really a true Minnesotan, and you could pack your bags right then and take the next train out of town.
While Maryland is a strong agriculture state, the presence of the fairs are not played up by the locals. I visited this year twice( once with Kim) because I had entered my photos in the photography contest. But you know what! I had a blast both days. The first day I was by myself. I took photos for 3 hours( click on the” Recent Photos” tab above to see a few). On the second day with Kim, my very patient wife, I participated more in the activities. We pet the animals, talked with politicians, rocked out with the Rock and Roll Relics and ate lots of fair food. I even won her a Winnie the Pooh. It cost me only $15 to win the $2 bear! No rides though. Kim emphatically told me that she gets sick on all rides-Ferris Wheel and Carousel included. I did not want to spoil our time there.
We plan to go to the Maryland State Fair this year because I am entering some photos in the competition there. I expect to have as much fun there as I did last week. Who knows. Maybe this will be an annual affair for us.
Check out my photos below of the Fair. Let me know what you think. Also tell me about your own fair experiences.
T and Dawn won the weekly contest this week! Congrats to them on getting a free photo. You can leave a comment on any page on this site and be entered into the drawing to win the photos on the “home” page. Click on “Home” tab above to see the photos.