Our summer news intern, Sarah Harris, was assigned the St. Lawrence County Fair for her final human interest feature. Along with three others, I joined her yesterday evening on the excursion to Gouverneur.
County fairs have changed in the four decades I’ve been going–much of the change a result of small farms being consolidated into much larger enterprises. Still, some things are still the same, maybe just fewer people participating, like the kids and families tending to animals before and after judging. And, fear not. The fair still provides unlimited fried dough and cotton candy, plus rides and midway games.
Okay, there are more animal pictures. The animal barns are my favorite. But if you want to see Sarah getting on and stumbling off the worst ride at the fair, scroll down. Now, more critters…
I’m not kidding, we all agreed this was the largest rooster we’d ever seen (a Cotswold, I believe)…
Now, off to the midway and another kind of animal…
The fair is still the place to get information about agriculture, forestry and other land-based activities. One of our group, Mike, a Paul Smith’s College student, gathered up a stack of brochures on everything from maple sugaring to ag-generated plastic recycling.
At the dairy princess booth, we meet two good-will ambassadors.
We’ve eaten funnel cakes and slurped up the lemonade, wolfed down curly fries and barbequed pork, so it must be time to get on a ride that shakes you back and forth, tilts on a moving axis, and turns you upside down and backwards. Here come our intrepid Sarah and my son Jake. (Sarah is a smart young woman, y’know. But, in the interest of a complete story for NCPR…)
The one they didn’t try:
Your favorite or least favorite memories of county fairs? What’s happening at your county fair this year? Leave a comment.