I tend to romanticize things and the State Fair is no exception.
I grew up in Ohio, and my memories of going to the Ohio State Fair are picturesque and old-timey and wholesome. I loved walking through the barns, sitting in the hot sun in the grand stand, getting a fistful of tickets for carnival rides, and eating caramel apples, funnel cake, and fresh squeezed lemonade.
I loved the smells of hay, dust, sunshine, and all the amazing fried everything along the row of food vendors. At the Fair, everyone could wear boots and act like they knew about country life. (And eat funnel cake.) (Did I mention funnel cake?)
Evenings were warm and breezy, the darkness kept at bay around the edges of that tiny, colorful, temporary world by the carnival lights. Nights were the best time for the fastest, most spinny rides.
John Mellencamp's song and video Lonely 'Ol Night perfectly captured what nights at the Fair looked and felt like when I was a teenager in the 80s. (Gosh I loved John.) (Gosh I'm old-ish.)
Yes, that looks just like my teenage summers.
What State Fair is the one from your childhood and what did you love most about it?
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A few things about the Tennessee State Fair:
Hope to see you at the State Fair!
The Fine Print: The button on my sidebar I gave them; they didn't pay for it. They are giving me tickets for my family but that is all folks!
EDITED TO ADD: I'm up at Wedded Bliss with an article titled: 'I think C.S. Lewis said it's good for me to have a messy house.' You know you want to read that, right?