Thursday, August 5, 2010


It hasn't been an easy decision. For many years, early August has found us together. Ten days of fun and frolic. I gave it my all and got much in return. But, we've both changed and our time together has lost the spark that was there in the beginning.

I'll cast a quick look in your direction when Andrew and I have an early morning breakfast at The Grange. I'll pretend to be watching the paddocks where the Tennessee Walkers, Missouri Fox Trotters, Palominos and other horses get their early morning walkabout and rubdown.

I'll cross your path when we head over to the agricultural buildings to view the flower show and see the winners in the fruit and vegetable categories.

I'll remember it all with great fondness.

I'm resolute in my decision. This is goodbye!

hey gee photo

Goodbye Midway! Your bright lights and blaring music no longer attract me. Your many striped tents and food wagons mar the beauty of the undulating hills and dales of our fairground. The old covered bridge strains with the weight of your traffic.

It was swell while it lasted!

Lake County Fair, August 6 - 15, 2010


  1. Oh how sad...the end of the af-fair.

  2. Funny, as in ironic, that I decided not to go to the SD County Fair (formerly the Del Mar Fair)for the past two years. The fair has lost its appeal for me for some reason. BBQ, funnel cakes and kettle corn are not enough to keep me going! Bye, bye county fair!

  3. Is Midway closing? Or you've had enough?

    Clever writing, either way!

    Have a good weekend.


  4. ...but wherever will you be able to get elephant ears? I really enjoyed this post. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. you'll be back.....the draw of the midway is'll have a corn dog in one hand wondering how you stayed away so long....sigh

  6. It's been years since I've been to our state fair much less the Midway. I do miss the racing piglettes and the cream puffs, though ;)

  7. Oh the passing of funnel cake season is always a little sad.

  8. That was funny... and made me smile. Clever indeed!

  9. Fun post. I love the county fair, but really haven't been to the midway since I was a teen. Now it's all animals,gardens and gadgets for me.

  10. Too cute! Was this a mutual decision? Carla

  11. geez, you scared me, i thought you were bidding farewell to bloggin.

  12. Wow! Hope all is good for you!
    I am still looking for fresh beets to roast.

  13. Well, I would be with you!! I much prefer the new loves you have found. Life has too many unexpected wacky rides without actually paying for them!!

  14. Years ago as an investigative writer I did a piece on two 13 year old girls who were kidnapped at the state fair. I communicated for ages with the man thought to have taken them, trying to get information about them. He was in another state serving time for the kidnapping of two other girls. That tainted the fair for me. I haven't been able to go to one since. Those girls would now be 40 years old.

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  16. Very cute post, I never visit the midway. It has no appeal to me. I much prefer to see the Belguim horses and eat an elephant ear. I enjoy the tractor parade and the giant cheese sculpture. Not to mention, the Pioneer Pavilion and 4H cotest winners.

    None of which is visible from the midway! Planning to visit my state fair next week!

  17. No more midway? Are you sure? Maybe you just need a break. Give it some time and the relationship might just rekindle. :)

  18. You are such a creative writer!! I enjoy your piece today. I never have been a fair-goer. Rides scare me to death... unlike my six year old granddaughter who did the 35' bungee jump this summer.
    Since we are an agriculture-based family I enjoyed reading this.
    Really good!
    Have a great weekend.
    Ladybug Creek

  19. Too cute. But the Midway? Won't you miss it?

    Happy Saturday to you!


  20. Cute post! I have to admit, I gave up that af-fair years ago. :-D I use to enjoy the fair, but decided dealing with the safety, etc. was not worth it, also the costs here got totally out of control.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  21. Very cute post! I love the pun.

  22. I haven't been to a country fair since I was in my 20s, but like you, remember it fondly. I'm in my 50s now, and find the quiet, gentle times most enjoyable.
    Wishing you a lovely day, Bonnie!


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