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It's State Fair Time

Updated on October 26, 2015

I'm going to start this hub off with a riddle. Riddle - What's the longest word in all of the English language? You will find the answer to this riddle at the end this hub. Good luck to all!

Every time the season of Fall rolls around an October original starts all over for a few colorful weeks. I'm not talking about all of the leaves on trees changing colors here. I'm talking about it's time for those state fairs to open their gates. The state fair is the perfect family vacation with something for every member of the family. There's food, rides, games, music, farm animals, and the list goes on like the always moving Energizer bunny rabbit. ‎

State fairs originally began for the purpose of promoting the state's agriculture, which is why today it's supported by a division of the state agriculture department. Today state fairs include carnival amusement rides, games, a variety of products, automobile racing, entertainment, and food. Some state fairs admit more than a million visitors each and every year through it's gates. All 50 states have a state fair, and New York was the first state to hold a state fair back in 1841. Australia holds it's own version of a state fair, which are organized by state agricultural and horticultural societies and are known as a Royal Show.

The state fair is a collection full of bright colors everywhere you look. These colors are all over the rides and individual booths. The colors cover all of the prizes that you can win from playing the games throughout the state fair, and bright colors are generally just about everywhere you look throughout the fair grounds. Next it's the distinctive smell that associated with a state fair. Yes there are the smells from all of the different livestock exhibits that are associated with a state fair, like horses, cattle, chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, etc.., However I was really talking about the smell from the aroma from all of the different food vendors throughout the state park. The smell from everything that's deep fried, to hundreds of 2 pound turkey legs that are roasting on top of wood fired grills find it's way to every nose throughout the state fair. There's no way a person can't get hungry from smelling all of this great tasting food that's being cooked everywhere in a state fair. I believe that's the secret plan anyway at a state fair!

I'd like to add a special note that I took all of these photographs at the North Carolina state fair, and that anyone who wishes, may reuse these pictures however they wish.

Answer to the riddle - The longest word in all of the English language is "Smiles". This is because there is a mile between the S's (S"MILE"S). Now if that isn't enough for you, then you might want to know how long a smile is. If you were to measure a smile in just inches, it can vary greatly. Some smiles are made up of a great big smile that almost covers the whole entire face, while other smiles have just a grin. There's another way to measure a smile. That is a smile for time is valuable, but a smile forever is priceless. Smiles are very contagious, and one simple smile to someone else can have a ripple effect like throwing a stone into a still pond that continuously ripples out in all directions for a long time. So give it a try to smile at someone today, and if you are a state fair then try a deep fried Twinkie which will certainly make your taste buds smile as well.

Did you guess the correct answer to the riddle?

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      Gilbert Arevalo 2 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Wonderful photos!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have managed to attend a few of these myself, always looking to find something new there, an I usually do. Thanks for the wonderful memories.

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      Barb Schindel 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      You did a fantastic spread on your writing and pictures. State Fairs are fun to go. Walking down the run way, watching the horse shows. Not sure if you have the Budweiser Wagon with those Clydesdale horses, in the parade, but that was a highlight of the day when we went. I would imagine myself "trying, more like struggle" to get up on that wagon, to ride in the seat, next to the Dalmatian, my bubble always burst when they marched by me.

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      I used to go to fairs but they got to noisy for me. I also changed my diet (deep fried Twinkies?), did not ride most of the rides, etc. This Hub was interesting though I wish that they were as good as you make them sound. Hmmm. I voted up, shared and tweeted it.


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      Melody Lassalle 3 years ago from California

      I've never been to a state fair. The closest is usually in the summer in a city that is way too hot for me. I've been to the county fair many times, though. Same atmosphere, I think.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Looks fun. I hope I have time to go to my own state's fair.

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      oldiesmusic 3 years ago from United States

      I really enjoyed looking at your pictures. It's being fun visiting in a place or event where you can get energized as well as relaxed at the same time. Great sense of community there, I miss being in state fairs.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      State fairs are so much fun. Love to see all the activities for different places. The creative veggies table was neat. We got 2 of our bunnies at a state fair.

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      Cristen Iris 3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Mmmmm, fair food. :)

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      Farhat 3 years ago from Delhi

      Well written & beautiful reminded me of my childhood days..when we used to enjoy our School's annual fair, Govt's Trade fair/exibitions and the Dussehra & Eid fairs....Now technology has added much more excitements to these events but olden day's fairs will never lose their charm and importance..their memories are well treasured and comes out as sweet smell on such occasions . I really enjoyed the hub..Thankyou!

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      Alisha Vargas 3 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      State Fairs are so much fun! I can never decide what parts I like best. All the contests for garden goods, the livestock, the food, they're all wonderful!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Great photos. I enjoy hearing about all the deep fried fair food like the things in the photos, but I don't try them myself.

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      Lawrence Hebb 3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Really enjoyed the hub. New Zealand also has one in winter ( July) called field days. It's massive with 200,000 visitors over three days

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      MarieLB 3 years ago from YAMBA NSW

      I could practically smell the smoky smell of the Kranskies in that Sausage Stand!! What a great story you weave!

      And how very good of you to give us licence to use your photos. Yet another great example of the fanstastic members of Hubpages. Thanks heaps.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I've enjoyed State Fairs over many years. Thanks for the memories! ;-)

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      Betsy Scott Fitzmeyer 3 years ago from Marietta, Georgia

      Well done! Brought back many memories of State Fair time when I was young. The last time I went was when I took my two boys who had the day off from school.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great photos. There used to be an annual agricultural show near us with all sorts of activities and food stalls. Sadly, after 134 years they decided to stop doing it. I really miss it.