The Poor Man’s Six Flags

Wright Co Fair, Missouri 90
Wright Co Fair, Missouri 90

Today I showcase a fascinating assortment of another favorite picture book of mine, In Search of the Corn Queen.  In it, Greta Pratt shares pictures of various county fairs in the American Midwest.  Some are hopeful; some are hopeless.  But all are a window into small town celebration.

This one gives me a glimpse of that adolescent excitement over what could be, with the whole world laid out before you, an endless possibility.

Osage Indian Heritage Festival, Missouri 88
Osage Indian Heritage Festival, Missouri 88

Like I said, boy, all you gotta do is pop 10 balloons to win those skateboards on the wall.  It’s a piece of cake.  Would I steer you wrong?

Hickory Co Fair, Missouri 90
Hickory Co Fair, Missouri 90

Drench the volleyball coach!

Stover Summer Festival, Missouri 88
Stover Summer Festival, Missouri 88

Dang, I thought I was hot, but she’ll totally be hotter than me in ten years, when I’m like, ancient or something. 

Johnson Co Peach Fest, Arkansas 90
Johnson Co Peach Fest, Arkansas 90

I learned it from watching you, Dad.

Johnson Co Peach Fest, Ark 90
Johnson Co Peach Fest, Ark 90

No, that’s cool.  You just sit in your overalls on the tailgate, and I’ll hold our wriggling young’un and try to down this cup of Mad Dog before I get pregnant again.

  

Cheatham Co Fair, TN 90
Cheatham Co Fair, TN 90

High point of the afternoon; winning bundt cake in the last round of the cake walk.

Spring Fest, ARK 90
Spring Fest, ARK 90

Good clean fun or a gateway to Spring Break mud wrestling?

Platte Co Fair, Wyoming 89
Platte Co Fair, Wyoming 89

Two tickets for a dollar, six tickets per ride, means three dollars for the ferris wheel, or I could just blow it all on a Fanta and funnel cake.  What to do?  What to do?

Obion County Fair, TN 1990
Obion County Fair, TN 1990

No, I am absolutely not living vicariously through my grandbaby. 

Bates Co Fair, Missouri 90
Bates Co Fair, Missouri 90

Oh, yeah, life goes on.  Long after the thrill of living is gone. 

Stickney Centrennial, South Dakota 89
Stickney Centennial, South Dakota 89