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Ferris wheels, prize cattle, ring toss, and funnel cakes all enjoyed on dusty fairgrounds; county and state fairs are the center of summer activity for towns across the Midwest.

Fairs attract patrons from all walks of life eager to enjoy the carnival rides and games, wide assortment of “junk” food, top musical bands, and often a side-show featuring entertainment of days gone by. Where else might you see a sword swallower or fire-eater; sink your teeth into a corn dog or cotton candy; learn about the varieties of chickens and pigs; test your strength; or win a stuffed unicorn all in one day? Whether on a date or out for a day with the family, there’s plenty of fun for everyone.

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Since the first state fair in September of 1841 in New York, farming families scattered across the countryside have enjoyed renewing old friendships and making new acquaintances at these events. They were, and continue to be, predominately an opportunity to showcase award-winning produce and livestock, as well as some incredible canned and baked goods from home kitchens.

Don’t let the summer pass without attending a fair. Check out this website for ones near you:  http://www.fairseverywhere.com/events.aspx?s=h&sf=all&c=11

©2013, Mary K. Doyle

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