August 30, 2004

Les Nessman reports from the Fair

I promised a report from the Fair we went to on Friday and here it is, something between a full report and list of connected observations. In drafting this, I feel as if I am channeling Les Nessman, reporter extradonaire from WKRP. Remember Les? Coincidentally, eerily so, Richard Sanders, the actor who played him, just had his birthday on August 28.

So, first of all, the fairgrounds were huge. Acres and acres of barns and permanent structures. I take my hat off to the organizers for a tautly run show. The bathrooms were clean at all times. Can you believe that? At all times.

The fair was at heart an agricultural endeavor and was country at its best. Kids with "4H" shirts all over the place. Huge displays of new and used farm equipment and tack and agricultural materials. Ribbons all over the place. Tents devoted to the health department and the state agricultural department.

We saw cows. A lot of cows. Really big cows, impeccably groomed. We were all duly impressed. There were prize winning flower arrangements. We saw lots of horses.

There were carnival games. The Girl Child actually won two prizes by throwing 2 darts and popping balloons. I was seriously impressed. I had no idea that she was coordinated enough to do this and to win.

The Girl Child also conned me into going with her on the ride that causes you to go up and down and to spin around. I held on to her so tight. My vertigo is actually returning as I type this. I did not disgrace myself by vomiting. She did nothing but laugh with great delight through the whole ride. Well, she did reassure me a couple of times by telling me it was ok because she was holding on to me.

We missed the Oak Ridge Boys and (sorry, Amber) the husband calling contest.

The girls rode on an elephant by the name of Beulah. She was 35 years old.

We were all in agreement that the piglets were very cute.

We watched dog obedience and obstacle course runs, cheering loudly for all the dogs.

We over paid for lunch.

We bought fresh roasted peanuts from a booth with a huge peanut roaster and they were among the best peanuts I've ever tasted, even when they cooled off. The Boy Child also loved them.

What else to report? It was pretty darn hot and I congratulate myself on the foresight to have sunscreen applied to the little ones before we got there.

I saw no, not one single, Vote for Bush or Vote for Kerry shirt or sticker. That was nice.

Everyone was friendly and happy and looking for a good time. Even the State Police seemed relaxed. And they had one of the Cameros out on display. I imagine that they are pretty fast.

We closed the day with a purchase of maple sugar cotton candy. I abstained, but the Girl Child was enraptured.

Posted by Random Penseur at August 30, 2004 01:13 PM

Oh boy do I miss roasted peanuts. We've got peanuts everywhere down here but they're boiled. They're good but nothing compares to fresh roasted in the shell.

Posted by: Jim at August 30, 2004 01:53 PM

That sounds like a jolly good time! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves!

Posted by: Mick at August 30, 2004 01:56 PM

Rats on the husband calling. I'm so curious about that. Although Dan said he heard the women who won last year popped open a beer into the mike as her "husband call" and apparently the same woman flashed her tits to the judges as a "husband call" and won again.

I have no idea if Dan seriously read this somewhere or if he was pulling my leg; either way, I'm too lazy to look it up.

Pretty funny, either way.

Sounds like great fun, Random; pigs, cows, scary rides and all!

Posted by: Amber at August 30, 2004 03:35 PM

thank you so much for the cow information...i could watch them for hours...
and yummy...maple cotton candy....hhhmmmm
as for les...
does anyone over 25 not remember him??
god - he was a bow tie.
(he did wear one,right?)

Posted by: kbear at August 30, 2004 04:37 PM
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