• Fried dough: Please excuse the return to food, especially when I am trying to get in better shape (another column for another day) but, we’re talking the once in a year chance to get your mitts on warm, yummy fried dough. I can taste it now (or, the aftertaste of Clinton County).
• Demolition Derby: The annual crash-em-up, smash-em-up that is the biggest day of the fair happens Saturday, Aug. 11. Come out and cheer on you favorite automotive gladiator or jeer the one who takes him out.
• Jeff Boyer: So the kids are out of school, but with the show that this man puts on, they may actually learn something while they are trying to rest their brains. Boyer puts on a show that is about science with the use of bubbles and other materials. It’s fun to watch.
• Pig races: Their pigs, and their racing. Who needs Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps...
• Hello, I’m not Johnny Cash, but I sure sound like him: I have to admit, I was very surprised with how successful the Tim McGraw impersonator was last year (even though his sound guy lives by the creed, “but these go to 11”). This year, Terry Lee Goffee will take to the stage, performing the songs of Johnny Cash. While I admire his old stuff (and have actually been to Folsom Prison - the just visiting outside portion, that is), this show will not be complete unless he belts out Cash’s new classic, “Hurt.”
• Exhibits: Whether its what the members of 4-H have done over the past year or what has come from your neighbors garden in Floral Hall, there are plenty of things to see at the fair while the younger generation takes to the rides.
There is so much more, and I hope you take some of these suggestions into consideration. Remember, though, this is from someone who has been going to the fair since August of 1976 and knows where almost everything is with a blindfold on.
The key is to discover (or re-discover) the fair for yourself.
Keith Lobdell is the editor of the Valley News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.