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Thursday, July 11, 2013

COUNTY FAIR TIME--

Our View: County fair time good time for a great time

 
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Ferris wheels are attractions at virtually every county fair.
from:  rrstar.com
RRSTAR.COM EDITORIAL
Jul 09, 2013
BELOW: County fairs
County fair season is upon us in the Rock River Valley, and we’re fortunate around here that we could attend a fair every week until the kids are ready to go back to school.

The Stephenson County Fair kicked off the fair season this week, but Ogle, Winnebago and Boone fairs will follow. Despite their similarities, each county fair has its own flavor and distinct characteristics.

The entertainment is top notch with Kellie Pickler headlining the Stephenson Fair with a performance at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Pickler, a country star, was the winner of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Although Pickler brings glamour to the fair, mostly county fairs remind us of simpler times when people made a living by the sweat of their brows and the fruits of the soil. Livestock shows and 4-H exhibits are at the heart of the fairs, but you’ll also find rides, carnival games, tractor pulls, music and tasty treats.

Fairs have adjusted to the changing times, but mostly fairs today are much like the ones your grandparents attended. The rides may be a bit faster and the music a bit louder, but the smell of elephant ears and cotton candy is the same.

We would guess just about all of you have been to a fair at some point in your lives. If you haven’t been to one in a while, it’s time you checked out what you’ve been missing.

And you won’t have to break the bank to enjoy it. Admission prices vary depending on when you go and what events you want to see, but still it fits into most family budgets.

There aren’t too many entertainment options as affordable as a fair. You and your family deserve to have some fun. The last few years have been tough on folks because of the state of the economy, and a county fair might be just what you need to lift your spirits.

Americans have had a long love affair with fairs. Today may be the day to rekindle yours.
Read more: http://www.rrstar.com/insight/x946749654/Our-View-County-fair-time-good-time-for-a-great-time#ixzz2YfX7D76a

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