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Erie County Fair - A Summer Tradition

The Erie County Fair and I know each other pretty slagging well.  I mean, I’ve attended faithfully, every year since high school.  Minimum of one day's attendance, sometimes 2-3 days.  If you wanna know where the best bathrooms are - ask me.  Best french fries - I know.  Where they moved the sheep - who cares.  hahaha!  No, the sheep are OK, but I don't like the fowls.  

The Fair and I have a love/hate relationship.

I love the smells, food, creative arts, vendors hawking everything from leather purses to cooking pots, food, people watching, free concerts, animals, Indian Village, daily parade, food, free handouts, entering stuff to win ribbons, animals, and the I Got It game. 

And did I mention, the food?  Nom nom nom - greasy curly fries and london broil sandwiches and candy apples (cinnamon) and lemonade and a half a chicken to take home.  Sigh.  

I hate it because the fair heralds the end of summer.  A couple more weeks and September is here, with shorter days, school busses blocking the roads, leaves falling and clogging my gutter.  A big heads-up that I better get my aft moving and bring in wood for the winter.  Urg. 

Yeah, love/hate.  

Only went one day this year.  Took one of my best buds - it's a tradition for us to take a half day off work and enjoy ourselves.  
Took some pics, and I'll share a few with you guys.  

This chainsaw carving of a dragon would look great in my front yard.  I thought it was a bear at first.  

This was a tent that held some dinosaur exhibit.  I wasn't going to pay $2 to see inside.  The outside was cool enuf for me.

At the petting zoo, we petted.  No food though, much to the goat's disappointment.  
I think this pic is so cute, I'm going to enter it next year.  I didn't enter anything this year.  I procrastinated.  

Hey, it's King Louie!  

I found this funny.  

Big horses in the parade.  He's eating that guy's head.  

In the Conservation Building.  I drool over the monster bucks.  

Yes, I am.

Coleus from one of the flower exhibits.  I love their varied colors.  

OK.  This made both of us hysterical.  
Excuuuuse me?  Isn't that a personal question?  

I love these guys.  Runa Pacha.  I have about 5 of their CD's.  
Folk music featuring lots of pipes.  The music just makes me happy.

Ignore the video and listen to the music. 

A performer walks the parade.

One of the exhibits from the Creative Arts Building.  
Very creative.

And we went to see some of the free America concert.  We didn't feel like sitting on the track in case it rained.
It was OK, but we got bored after an hour.  They couldn't live up to the Village People standard from last year.  Now, that was a Good Time.  *waxes nostalgic*

I didn't find anything too thrilling to buy, except I did score a couple great old Tformers from the Antique Mall building.  
I'll show you them in the next post.  

One if the hosts of the talk radio station I listen to had the topic 'Erie Co. Fair - love it or lothe it'.  He noted the trend of older people (40 yo and above) calling in to say they loved it - for various reasons.  And the younger people were emailing him to say it sucked.  Very strange.  
I think the fair is dying.  Exhibits aren't as large as they were 10 years ago.  I see space for vendors, where before you couldn't find any open spots to hawk your wares.  Last couple of years, the crowd was sparse, but I don't know if it was because of the specific day, or the weather, or no interest.  
I guess looking at pigs isn't exciting enough for most of the population.  It's too bad, some of my best childhood memories are going with my family.  If you miss the fair - you miss the fun. 
I can't wait 'til next summer! 



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 21st, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Oh god. I used to love what used to be the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show (in NJ) which became the NJ State Fair. The fried foods, the animal exhibits, the sheep obstacle course (my favorite event to watch!), the oxen pulls, craft displays...SO much fun.

But yeah, I loved the fair but it always signalled the end of summer. ;-;
Aug. 22nd, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
Sheep obstacle course? Sounds like great fun to watch.
I'll always remember the Farm Combine Demolition Derby they had about 15 years ago. Best. Demo. Ever.

Aug. 22nd, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
I'm not quite 40, but I still love the fair. Love the smells, the food, the animals, the people watching, even the silly exhibits.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Yay fairs!
Especially the [food] smells.
Aug. 22nd, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
I looooooooooooooooove fairs!!! Great pics. Thanks for sharing! Glad you go and have yourself a good time. :)
Aug. 23rd, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
I love having a good time! Party animal, they call me. *coughcough*
Aug. 22nd, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
That goat picture is wonderful- so bright and colorful and CUTE. ^^

The dinosaur tent is fantastic!

What lovely horses, I'm fascinated by how they have their manes all ornamented and the tiny little braids of the forelock.

One of the best memories of my whole life was walking in the petting zoo tent at a county fair and seeing giant horses and goats and sheep of all different types. It was glorious.
Aug. 23rd, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
awww, cute icon.

I'm glad the goat pic came out so well. They were cute.

I believe those horses were Clydesdale.
I like the giant animals, too.

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