Fair’s fair

Published 6:41 pm Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Another fair has come and gone, and I enjoyed my nightly visits to the fairgrounds. My first-ever Jessamine County Fair was an experience that I had a lot of fun with.

Let me begin by confessing that despite my support for carnival games that I wrote about last week, I did not make any attempts this year to bring home an inflated crayon or stuffed alien. I just might have secured a prize by catching the greased pig if I wasn’t bound to my professional duty as a photographer. In all actuality, I did wind up chasing the pig inside the viewfinder of my camera. For those who didn’t attend and watch the event: pigs with a herd of youngsters in hot pursuit can flat out move!

Out in Nebraska, livestock showings and activities are a major factor in all county fairs. So, of course, it is only natural that old habits die hard and I spent some time checking out the livestock showings. I saw some really nice-looking showcases, particularly in the beef cattle and the goats. Congratulations to all of the winners in their classes.

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Other highlights for me included the demolition derby and the pulling events. I want to thank all of the folks who let me and my camera wiggle in through the crowd up to the fence to snap some pictures. Fence-side viewing was hard to come by, and if you were lucky enough to make it that far, it was elbow-to-elbow with your neighbors when the events were ready to begin. It is always fun to watch the roar of those engines elicit a wave of cheers from the youngest spectators to the oldest.

And you know what? There’s something strangely satisfying about the crunch of two derby cars on a sunny summer evening…

For the full pictorial recap of my evenings at the fair, I invite everyone to keep an eye out for the Summer 2017 issue of Jessamine Life magazine, which will hit the street in the second week of August!