Today kidsilkhaze blogged about the cheap fun to be had at your local state fair. Less Than a Shoestring heartily seconds that emotion (and oozes with envy at the roasted turkey legs she ate!). Though I have never been to the Minnesota State Fair (nevertheless yearly appreciating our late school begin, which allows all children to go to the Fair), I have been to numerous local and county fairs. Maybe it’s because I’m a midwesterner, but I sure do get a kick out of seeing all those prize animals, quilts and vegetables. It’s the one time of year I get cotton candy or fried cheese curds. The fair has something for everyone on offer, and if you divide that cheap admission price over the number of hours of amusement (cheese curds not included), why sir, you’ve got a bargain!
To get yourself in the fair mood, you might try a quick reread of a childhood classic, Charlotte’s Web. (Or, if you only have a couple hours, check out the older cartoon film version, which has the unforgettable lyrics, here sung by a rat, “The fair is a veritable smorgasbord-orgasbord-orgasbord / after the crowds have ceased. / Each night when the lights go out it can be found, on the ground, all around / oh, what a ratly feast!”) Or you may listen to Prairie Home Companion, broadcast from last year’s Minnesota State Fair. And when you’re ready to head out, here you can find more information about your state fair and your county fairs. Have fun — and a turkey leg for me!