Today, the Williamson County Fair
continues to draw residents from Southern Illinois despite the competition of the Du Quoin State Fair and the mega-theme parks.
• 7/14 Mon - Seneca County Fair
, Waterloo, NY
Through the lens of Clifford Oliver's camera, the ubiquitous sights of the county fair
are transformed into timeless nods to rural living.
The 2013 county fair
will run July 23-28, three weeks earlier than its traditional dates.
To attract crowds, on the eve of the Civil War, county fairs
introduced the innovation that became their feature attraction: horse-speed.
Today's county fairs
offer a variety of competitions under "open class." This category was designed for people who want to display their talents but don't belong to an extension organization.
While live bird markets are uncommon in the Midwest, animal exhibits such as those at county fairs
are quite common.
In a state known for its rural heritage and contributions to agriculture, the paper decided to document every county fair
in the state.
At the Tooele County Fair
, I scrubbed the white face of my fat red steer, ratted his white tail hairs into a perfect ball, sprayed it with my mother's AquaNet, and led him into the ring hoping for the purple grand-prize ribbon.
To illustrate just how important having a presence at county fairs
is to the organization, MCCL dedicated an entire chapter newsletter to setting up what it calls "the perfect fair booth." The newsletter contains photographs and step-by-step instructions on how to construct an inviting display that will attract the eye of fairgoers.
Plus, more fun -- including a sword swallower and banana derby racing -- awaits at the DuPage and Lake County Fairs
The seven race series will feature six qualifying races to be held at county fairs
across state, culminating in a championship final race to be held at Tompkins County Fair
Does that make the traditional county fairs
"He did more than 100 remote broadcasts per year from farm shows, conventions, festivals, field days and county fairs