County fairs an important part of summer

The North Country is now in the midst of the annual tradition that is all about fried dough, Ferris wheels and derby cars.

Counties throughout the state are holding their annual county fairs and festivals throughout the months of July and August. Clinton County and Essex County have already wrapped up their shows for 2013, while Franklin County and Addison County, Vt., run through this weekend and the Washington County Fair kicks in on Aug. 19 and runs through Aug. 25.

For many communities, the county fair represents the peak of summer activities. The provide a chance for people to come together on an annual basis and provides a chance for young and old to show their crafts and promote their passions. It gives families a less expensive option when it comes to providing entertainment like rides and shows for their children then one might find at other theme parks in the region.

Most of the fairs here continue to focus on the world of agriculture, which is making a strong comeback. The world of the local farmer has experienced a renaissance of sorts during the past 10 years, and while there are still plenty of dairy farms with cattle to show and display, local produce farms are also given a county-wide stage to show and sell what they harvest.

4-H and Future Farmer’s of America organizations build their entire year around the one week every year that they have to shine at the county fair. Whether it is through competition like horse and cattle shows or displaying what they were able to do as a group, the county fair is the biggest stage that they may have the entire year. Most also conduct a major portion of their fundraising at fairs through raffles and dairy stands, selling milk, ice cream and more to help fair-goers beat the summer heat.

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