Yes, it’s August and it’s county fair time in many places. In others, everyone is gearing up for state fair. What a great time with friends and family fairs can be. It’s a time to reconnect with hometowns and roots that bring us back to them year after year. It’s something to share with our children and hope that they will share it with theirs.
In some ways, county fairs have remained about the same as they have been for years where 4-H shows, livestock sales, crafts projects, fresh fruit and vegetable entries, canning and baking of all kinds are entered and judged. But, things have also changed quite a bit since many of us were kids, enjoying a few days away from the normal summer duties and responsibilities and getting to go to town, seeing friends, enjoying fair foods, and maybe riding a carnival ride or two, watching cowboys and girls show off their skill in the rodeo arena and some local band performing at a community dance.
Now, in some larger communities, there is everything from mega stars preforming concerts to PRCA sanctioned rodeos to Elephant and Shark Encounters. In other smaller, rural areas, many fair events and attractions have diminished or disappeared all together due to high costs, changes in the area demographics, and how people spend their summers. Other problems that have changed the look of the county fair are safety issues of having a carnival, many smaller fairs can’t afford such expenses nowadays.
That being said, if you get the chance to support your local county fair, do it. There will be something there that evokes a childhood memory, perhaps one you would like to share with your children or grandchildren. If not, maybe you can make some new memories with them that they will treasure for years to come. Enjoy!
For more information on Wyoming County Fairs, visit Wyoming Association of Fairs website.
Visit Wyoming State Fair site to get information on our state fair.
This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.