County Fair Time
The County Fair was in full swing in the Iowa County that I grew up in and being in the area it was only natural that we would pick up my mom and all head out to an afternoon at the fair.
Looking back to when I was pre-teen the County fair was a big deal. We saved our dimes and nickles for months just to be able to go on the rides and might even entice one of the girls to go on the tilt-a-whirl with us. I remember the fair grounds as being huge, and the animal barns to be overwhelming.
Nothing has changed today, except the grounds are still the same size and the barns all where they were then, but as an adult it seems no bigger than a postage stamp. The only thing that was high on our list of 'to do', was to make a stop at our church fair booth for some of that good old home town cooking and especially a piece of pie with ice cream. Running in to former high school friends was a plus as we crossed paths with several.
Oh, one thing did change. The charge to get through the gate and enter the grounds was $10.00 each. That really seems steep to visit a postage stamp affair. I couldn't tell you what it cost to get in when I was young as I would always get let out on the road by my buddies and weave my way through the cornfield till I could simply enter the grounds. No way was I parting with my dimes and nickles just to get in.