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County Fair

Updated on November 4, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

In most every city and town around

Things happen once a year at the fair ground

The county fair kicks off in the fall

For fun, food, and pleasure for one and all


There’s a nightly rodeo and livestock competition

An open midway awaits the price of admission

Turkey legs and cotton candy are the popular fare

Look around, you’ll see your neighbors there


Some like the ring toss, others try breaking balloons

The fair will run to late evening from early afternoon

A few win stuffed animals to big to carry in your arms

But always a winner with the lady’s charm


The smell of hot dogs and popcorn waft through the air

Outside the Mummy’s Tent people just stand and stare

There’s a weight guesser working on folks over there

In that tent, a mind reader is bending silverware


There are rides galore scattered all around the midway about

On some, the people scream, on others, they laugh and shout

There are rides for the wee ones and some for the girls

Look at the Cup N’ Saucers and the Tilt-A-Whirl


The Ferris-Wheel stands out away all alone reaching high

It’s not a good ride for the faint of heart or the shy

With its rocking seats slowly rising up to the very top

Some folks are stuck way up there when the turning stops


The Carousel sits in the middle as a favorite attraction

The calliope music highlights the whirling action

Colorful painted horses pump rhythmically up and down

Seems that everyone there wants to ride once around


Bright lights are burning everywhere, some are flashing off and on

Bumper Cars are banging and the locomotive steams along

The Carnies shout their calls to get the crowds attention

There just too much to do and see; more than one can mention


For hours the crowd imbibes in the food, frolic, and fun

They ebb and flow just like the tide almost moving as one

Then sometime after midnight it all comes winding slowly down

Everyone heads on back home to await the fair’s return to town


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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...sadly, it is out there. I have a relative inside who sees it from his college days on. It is very widespread but mainly in the big schools with high dollar alumni who cannot stand to lose....fairly! WB

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Ha! You gotta be your own cheerleader! Maybe we should call the publisher lady -- who visits MS!

      Buying hookers for players and recruits -- C'mon now. I am not a prude -- but really, in what book is that OK? Guess it hits a little close to home since I've got a college boy.

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      @Truckstop Sally...been a while since I wrote this one...kind of strange to read my words after such a lapse. I might be fan! LOL! On the football side, this is probably a wakeup call for college football...something that has gone on way too long outside the scope of schools and coaches. When the alumni start impacting the shape of the team, how can you penalize the school? At the same time, how can you penalize the alumni unless they break some laws? WB

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Our big fair comes to town with the rodeo. Crazy food -- fried oreos, turkey legs . . . I just saw an ESPN 30 when the U (Miami) slaughtered Texas at the Cotton Bowl. Interesting timing since Miami is in such trouble these days. Hmmmm. Maybe a payback for their unsportsmanlike behavior. Still looking for a bed-time hub!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Harvey Stelman...Texas vs. OU on Saturday, Oct 2, Harvey. I think OU may take the prize this time around. My wife is from Oklahoma so we have allegiances on both sides of the river. I have a brother-in-law who is a rabid OU fan. Who is your friend running against?...Is that Kay Bailey Hutchins' seat? WB

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      Harvey Stelman 7 years ago from Illinois

      Wayne, I was hoping it was the Texas state fair. I was going to ask you about the UT-OU game, I am an OU alum.

      I'm beginning to despise your state. Four of my friend's have moved there. The tax situation doesn't hurt. One friend is running for the US Senate in 2012. H

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @akirchner...I lived in Lacey, WA for around six years...79 to 85. Went to Puyallup a few times over those years. That fair has been around a long time. You could spend 20 years just learning to pronounce the name. Oregon is a whole other planet...Oregonians make those in Washington seem sane! LOL! Thanks for the good comments. WB

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      I have always loved the fairs too - growing up we always went to the Delmar Fair in California and thought it was huge. We spent 23 years in Puyallup Washington where the Puyallup Fair is THE place to go. Incredible fair.

      Now we are in Prinetucky and the fair is pretty pathetic. But one of these days, maybe it'll grow along with the town - in the meantime, we have other fairs nearby we can attend but there is nothing quite like a real old-fashioned fair. Thanks for taking us there!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @50 are correct Dusty...lots of traveling sideshows out there that don't amount to much. They just hit town for a couple of days to rip people off with some crummy rides and move on. You have to find a county or state fair now to get the real effect. Texas has a fantastic one that is going on right now for 28 days. WB

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Wayne, I remember them well, I don't know if it's me or the fairs that changed the last one I went to seemed, cheap and crummy as far as things went, no big tent, I spose when I was a kid I never looked at them that way.

      voted up, dusty

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Loves To Read...I think there are so many things like that...Christmas always had a special feel as a child as did events like the fair and the circus. We lose a lot of that as adults and it is a shame that we cannot recoupe that youth. Thanks for the read. Hope you enjoyed going to the fair in your mind! WB

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      Loves To Read 7 years ago

      Is is quite sad to go back down memory lane Wayne. Here in Aus our gala events are nothing like they are in the US. We grew up in the back country and i only ever remember going to the show 2 or 3 times. But it is not the same to go back now as adults. It is lovely to see the grand kids have fun but it would be grand to be a kid again just to recapture the excitement. Great poem and song

      Peace and Blessings

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...I never have been much on the rides at the fair after the one on which they put me in a cage that was spinning on an arm. I opened my eyes one time and the world went around three times...finished me off! Otherwise I am sucker for th food and the midway. Thanks for the good comments Ken! WB

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      I've always loved a fair and the Big Top. Have been attending them ever since I was knew high to a grasshopper. The aromas that drift, hot dogs, popcorn, sugared donuts, soda pops of all flavors. Cotton candy, yummy. Ferris Wheel and roller coaster to make me puke it all up:0) The haunted caboose ride, the whip, tunnel of love, oh too many to mention. Great hub Wayne brought back some great memories, now I can't go on a ride without getting dizzy, but still love to watch the kids have fun. It was a great event in all of our lives for sure.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @poetvix...come on down! The Texas State Fair starts this Friday (tomorrow) and its always good! Glad you like the poem and thanks much for the good works! WB

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      poetvix 7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Now I want cotton candy, loud hawkers and peeps milling about everywhere... sigh, the fair. What fun.

      This was great Wayne. You were so descriptive I almost felt as if I were there and now I really want to go.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @epigramman....Thanks for kind words. The Duke would have been a while turning out books if he had written as slow as he talked...know what I mean Pilgrim? I enjoyed your friend hub and started following him. Hopefully he'll write a few more. WB

      @MartieCoetser...sometimes it does come easy and this one did. Glad I put you in a fair going mood! WB

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      Martie Coetser 7 years ago from South Africa

      You do this so naturally – I’m in awe! And yes, quite in a mood to enjoy myself in one of those amusement parks.

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ....your hubs are like a state fair ..... they're so much fun and I never want to leave. If John Wayne could write this good he would not have been in the movies...... and thanks for checking out my buddy Ian - you're a real pal and a true gentleman!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @writinginalaska...Sawdust on the ground, all those food smells in the air, lights, screams, music, everywhere you look and the money flows out of your pocket like water! What a great deal! WB

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      writinginalaska 7 years ago from southeast Alaska

      Wayne, oh god i miss the state fair in indy, takes 3 days to see it all. Whopping good memories, you bet! thanks for the good read. lvh

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @suziecat7...Isn't it amazing how some things just light up all our memories! Thanks for the read and the comments! WB

      @ladyjane1....I think that was the West Texas Fair if my memory serves me correctly. I think I went a couple of times myself. Thanks for the good comments. WB

      @Tim Bryce...I'll be glad to read on the show Tim. Apparently everyone has this memory! WB

      @breakfastpop...I have never sang in the big tent but I have been in one. That must have been a memorable experience for your daughter. Thanks for the read, Poppy! WB

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      I have a lot of great memories that your poem helped bring back. We used to go the County Fair every year. One year my youngets daughter sang in the big tent!

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      TimBryce 7 years ago

      Good job Wayne. We'll have to use it on the show.

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      I love the fair in Abilene. We used to go every year about the middle of Oct when the nights are nice and cool..Nice poem. Cheers.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Yes, Wayne, your poem and the wonderful photo and videos bring back memories of more care-less days. Thanks.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      @Tom Whitworth....Glad to take you to the fair, Tom! WB

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Thanks for the memories evoked by your verse!!!!!!!!!!