As a kid, I loved the Lorain County Fair in Wellington, Ohio. I showed cattle and entered photography projects. I helped my Mom set up the Wellington Grange exhibit. I was on the Junior Fair Board. Mom and I sometimes perused the previous years dessert winners and then made and entered a few less popular categories (I think we got second place out of two in divinity). I helped at the band donut booth, sold tickets for rides, rode the rides, and played in a German band that entertained near the midway. It was the full fair experience.
It's impossible for the fair to consume or thrill me the same way it did one week in August back in the 1960s, but I still like the fair. And last week was fair week, so Jim and I made two trips to the 170th Lorain County Fair.
Monday night we saw Three Dog Night perform at the grandstand. The last concert I saw there was given by Pat Boone sometime during the 1960s.
Tuesday I wanted to explore the exhibits. Jim was ready to leave about an hour before I was, but played the good sport as I looked at vegetables, fruit, silage, sewing, gift wrapping (!), bees, candy, wine, heavy equipment, antiques, rabbits, cows, sheep, horses, and you-name-it, they-seem-to-have-a-category-for-it.
|As the sun started to set during the concert, the lights on the midway rides were a great secondary show.|
|Bev at a fair selfie spot.|
|Jim checking out the price of a piece of equipment he thought would come in handy. It was listed at $49,500. We'll put it on the "very distant future wish list."|
|I was petting a goat in one of the pens when this young man said "You can pet my goat." Can't resist an offer like that. Love how this goat is leaning his head against the boy.|
|Gotta keep your horse clean.|
|And gotta have some down time with your cows.|
|A few friendly fair faces.|