Growing up in Williams County, Ohio, early September meant only one thing: the county fair. All the students in our county even got the first Monday of the fair off of school. Several fun days would be spent at the fairgrounds collecting freebies from the merchant booths, riding the Scrambler and the Tilt-a-Whirl, checking out my friends' 4-H exhibits, and of course--eating yummy, oh-so-healthy fair food. Mmm. When I was in high school, fair week was even better: the fair was only a block from MHS, so we could walk there every day for lunch! My personal favorite: a sausage patty sandwich from the pork producers, washed down with a milkshake from the dairy producers, and if I still had room, capped off with a maple or chocolate donut from the Athena booth. I suppose if you didn't grow up in the sticks like I did, you can't relate...but trust me, my mouth is watering and my stomach is growling just thinking about it.
So when we found out that the county fair where we live was this week, Steve and I decided we had to check it out. What a complete(ly expensive) disappointment. First we had to pay $6 to get in the front gate. I really don't think the fair back home was that expensive. And this fair was pathetic. No local food booths at all; just the overpriced carny stuff. At the Williams County fair, you can get a sandwich and a shake for $3 and feel stuffed. Here we saw one carnival stand that had milkshakes for $4.50! And they probably weren't nearly as good.
By the time we walked around this crappy fairground once (which took all of five minutes), we would have been satisfied with just one of the three foods we craved (sausage sandwiches, milkshakes and donuts are Steve's fair favorites as well). But there were no pork producers. No dairy producers. Not even a single donut. It was a sad day here in Tennessee.
P.S. If you are one of the lucky ones back home who will be going to the Williams County Fair next week, eat some fair food for me--at least a donut. And look for us at the Visions Photography booth--Lori's putting a big print of one of our wedding shots in her display!