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Thursday, October 15, 2009

PUMPKIN' CHUNKIN' (OKLAHOMA STYLE)

GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR, PERRY GEORGIA

NEW REITHOFFER RIDES





SOUTH CAROLINA STATE FAIR OPENING DAY

RAINY DAY AT THE ARKANSAS STATE FAIR (DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE)

From left, Terra, Jacob, Joseph and Danny Stivers, from Sheridan, walk down the midway in the rain Friday afternoon at the State Fair.



Peyton Loeschner, 11, and her mom, Tammy, of Shirley walk through the mostly deserted midway at the rainy Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock on Tuesday with Cathy Henrickson and her daughter Regan, 11.







Wednesday, October 14, 2009

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE FAIR WORKERS GET READY TO OPEN TODAY!

Workers hang the stuffed animals in a game booth as last day preparations for the South Carolina State Fair were being madeTuesday, the day before the fair opens. – Tim Dominick/tdominick@thestate.com/

Workers install bulbs as last day preparations for the South Carolina State Fair were being madeTuesday, the day before the fair opens. – Tim Dominick/tdominick@thestate.com

Anthony Smith of Johannesburg, South Africa travels the fair circuit for 9 months out of the year assembling and repairing the 30-year-old Polar Express ride. "I get to see all of the United States and Canada," says Smith. Fair workers prepare for the opening of the South Carolina State Fair Tuesday morning. – Kim Kim Foster-Tobin/kkfoster@thestate.com/



Federico Ines of Landero, Mexico, sets up the display for the Netterfield's Frozen Tropical Drinks trailer. Ines and a co-worker spend two and a half hours hanging beads and setting up cups. Fair workers prepare for the opening of the South Carolina State Fair Tuesday morning. – Kim Kim Foster-Tobin/kkfoster@thestate.com/


A worker washes one of the game booths as last day preparations for the South Carolina State Fair were being madeTuesday, the day before the fair opens. – Tim Dominick/tdominick@thestate.com/









FROM HAL GUYON---


I enjoy your blog very much, keep up the good work. Just wanted to let you know that The South Carolina State Fair starts today (10/14). here is the website, http://www.scstatefair.org/ , It`s raining here in Columbia right now and there`s a chance for more rain tomorrow, but the weekend and next week is supposed to be beautiful.
Thanks,
Hal Guyon
Columbia, SC

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

ARKANSAS STATE FAIR REPORTS









APPLE SCRAPPLE FESTIVAL--BRIDGEVILLE, DE.

The Aplle Scrapple festival took place this past weekend.
Sherwood Amusements had the midway there.
I understand the attendance was over 30,000 for the 2 Days.

Thousands of festival goers walk the streets of Bridgeville around food, crafts and rides for the annual Apple-Scrapple Festival. The News Journal/GARY EMEIGH

Customers line up at one of several scrapple sandwich vendors. The News Journal/GARY EMEIGH


A little girl enjoying one of the many Sherwood Amusements rides.


Alexandria Holland, 8, of Salisbury, MD., concentrates on her entry in the scrapple carving contest. The News Journal/GARY EMEIGH





Monday, October 12, 2009

FRIED BUTTER AT STATE FAIR OF TEXAS



View more news videos at: http://www.nbcdfw.com/video.

ALASKA STATE FAIR "FAIR-WELL"

SIDESHOWS FROM THE PAST (WHEN SHOW BIZ WAS SHOW BIZ!)

1937



Man with no Stomach!


The Man from Mars is demonstrating how his head has grown since he entered the army at the beginning of the war.Date taken: August 1948


Jean Frazier getting hooked up- the iron tongue lady. August 1948
Contortionist demonstrating abdominal control before a crowd.Date taken: August 1948

Michigan State Fair
Bearded lady Mrs. Zola Williams who has been married three times, letting skeptic pull her beard while sitting on stage for midway show at the MI State Fair.
Location:
Detroit, MI, US
Date taken:
September 1950
Photographer:
Francis Miller








LOGAN JACOT, NEW SIDESHOW








Hello Mr. Dykes,Here are some pictures I thought you might be interested in posting on your blog.
These pictures are of the show I recently purchased off Jeff and Sue Murray of Harmur Productions.
The photos were taken by Jeff Murray.
Take care, Logan Jacot


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