Hold on to Your Hats! It’s County Fair Time!

September 21, 2010

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Grandson#3 is in his cowboy duds: hat, jeans, cowboy shirt, jeans, belt and buckle and cowboy boots.

Every year about this time, it happens, our town transforms into County Fair mode, frenzy, celebration! The key word here is transforms. Activities start about 2 weeks prior with a Chili Cook-off, then the crowning of the Rodeo Queen and Fair Queen, yes there must be two different crownings and two different queens!

The carnival arrives and exhibits are entered in hopes of winning a blue ribbon or even a trophy. Entries include livestock to paintings and canned goods to decorated cakes, but wait there’s more . . . quilts to tractor pull contestants and let’s not forget the dance contest and rodeo.

On Fair Friday, all the schools close and everyone lines the streets early to secure the best seats in anticipation of the never ending parade. Half the town watches while the other half parades itself down “Main Street.”

Then it’s off to the fairgrounds where there are chicks to be held . . .

And snow-cones to be eaten, hence the blue tongue . . .

And piglets to pet.

The children’s classic Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White is a great portrayal of that window of time we call the County Fair. Share it with your children the next time the fair comes to your town. Then check out the original animated film and sit back and enjoy the fair.

There’s nothing like a fun filled day at the County Fair to wear out a pint size cowboy!

Let’s take an informal vote. Do you like the original 1973 animated movie version of Charlotte’s Web or the newer 2006 live action version? We vote for the oldie but goodie around here! Or are you a purest, sticking to the book alone?

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Amanda September 21, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I like the old one, but maybe that is because I haven’t seen the new one. I just love the old one so much, I don’t need a replacement.

amandab September 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Have never read the book, and when I returned to the older film (before having a child) I was disappointed. Having watched both versions with my little one I like both, but my love for the older one was returned. I think she preferred the newer one as she could see herself as being the little girl.

maryanne September 21, 2010 at 7:44 pm

I don’t think I’ve seen the new one, but I loved the old one. I should borrow both from our library to watch with my kids on a rainy day.

County fairs are kid paradise!

Alice September 21, 2010 at 11:06 pm

The book is the best!!!

Tiffany September 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Although I think they did a fantastic job with the new one, the old one just cannot be replaced for me. I think it is more the nostalgia than either movies’ quality. I loved Templeton so much as a child my teddy bear shared his name, weird I know. I could have picked a more appealing, cute, cuddly animal from the film but he was just so darn good at finding those words for Wilbur. Really, I have no idea why I was drawn to him.

By the way, those are some cute cowboys! ;)

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