The County Fair in Five Acts

Act I:With help from Chris Ledoux
I love the music of Chris Ledoux. I’ve never been to a concert and it would only be the most dedicated fan who’d catch his show now as he’s been gone for several years. This time of year always reminds me of one of my favorite Ledoux lyrics, “there’s nothing I know of can make you fall in love like a night at the county fair.” It could be the love of deep-fried cheese curds, a love for simple entertainment with deep historical roots or simply the love that starts with the offer of cotton candy and ends with fireworks at dusk.

Act II: I don’t feel so good

Have you ever walked by the exhaust fan of a greasy-spoon diner? I have and I always feel a little dirty for the remainder of the day. Fair food always makes me feel that way, both inside and out; a small price to pay for such delicious food. The fair is that one time of the year when sensory overload seems tame to your taste buds and any food on a stick seems kind of high-class. I can still hear my parents telling me to make sure I ate at the 4-H food stand first because we were farmers and we were loyal to our own. I still love any burger wrapped in paper and plastic forks seem to enhance the flavor of potato salad.

Act III On Display

Daisy was a goddess among Holsteins, she stood head and shoulder above any of those “California Cows” you see on television. Daisy carried me to a Grand Champion ribbon in the two-year heifer class back in1976 at the Marshall County fair. I was only eleven and too young to travel to the State fair but I did not care, I loved Daisy and she was the best. I think that is what I enjoy about animals at the fair, the love they receive from their humans. I never won a a Grand Champion ribbon again however I always did well in showmanship which is about half attention to detail and the other half paying attention to your animal. I always had love for my cattle so keeping one eye on their needs was pretty easy. I love the Boer goats but I always keep eye contact short with them out of respect, however I do love to observe them until we both become uncomfortable, they are gorgeous creatures.

Act IV The Bull Ride

The first rodeo I ever watched was at the fair. I remember the night because it was so exciting and it was the night they introduced the brand new 1993 Dodge truck. I still enjoy rodeos and love Dodge trucks-hopefully some of those ’93 trucks will soon have enough mileage and age that I can actually afford one. We were introduced to Professional Bull Riding somewhere in the 1990′s. Rodeo involves several different stations of ranch work performed for the audience while bull riding is-just plain bull riding. The PBR is kind of like eating only the muffin top, it’s just all good and intense. I still like rodeos but attendance is more like courting a girl properly and going for a kiss on the third date while PBR is more like kissing her on the front steps of her parents house before you even shake her father’s hand. It’s pretty fun.

Act V Before you got to the Fair

If you are taking little one to the fair, make sure they have some sort of protection against the sun. Keep tabs on your children and make them check in every so often; if people kept track of their children like they do their cell phones I believe we would live in an idyllic society free from pain and suffering so make the effort. Now go enjoy yourself.

 

 

************Bonus-Chris LeDoux "County Fair" lyrics************

Been workin’ like a dawg, slavin’ on the fence line,
Stretchin’ those wires tight.
Diggin’ and tappin’ and sweatin’ in the sunshine,
But I get off t’night.
I got a date with a girl, a perdy ranchers daughter,
Green eyes and golden hair.
Gonna pick her up at 8 after some soap and water.
And we’re headin’ to the county fair.
Well there’s a full moon in the western sky,
And there’s magic in the air.
Ain’t nothin’ I know of, can make you fall in love,
Like a night at the county fair.
Well, we walked through the midway, the lights and the laughter,
She puts her little hand in mine.
Well, she don’t act like she knows what I’m after,
But t’night I’m gonna make her mine.
You know the tunnel of love, well it ain’t my style.
So I’m gonna take on the ferris wheel.
Way up in the sky, with the stars in her eyes,
I’m gonna tell her just how I feel.
Well, there’s a full moon in the western sky,
And there’s magic in the air.
Ain’t nothin’ I know of, can make you fall in love,
Like a night at the county fair.
Well I know Monday mornin’, I’ll be back on the fence-line,
But it’ll be allright.
‘Cause that perdy little girl says she’s gonna be all mine.
I’m gonna see her next Friday night.
Well there’s a full moon in the western sky,
And there’s magic in the air.
Ain’t nothin’ I know of, can make you fall in love,
Like a night at the county fair.
Ain’t nothin’ I know of, can make you fall in love,
Like a night at the county fair.
 

 

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