The Fayette County Fair: Back to our roots
This week something big kicked off in Fayette County — the annual Fayette County Fair.
For some counties, this may sound trivial. But in Fayette County, the fair plays an important role, not just for entertainment but also for its educational and economic value.
The Fayette fair kicks off the annual fair season in the county. It is quickly followed by the Dawson Grange Fair and the Bullskin Fair.
There's something almost patriotic about a fair, especially with all the farm animals — the cattle and sheep, the chickens and ducks — the cooking, gigantic vegetables, baking, sewing and more.
Fairs were probably started to end the bragging controversies of our agrarian ancestors, which no doubt resembled those familiar larger-than-life stories fishermen like to tell.
But when the dust settles and you take away the carnival atmosphere — the entertainment, beauty pageants and demolition derbies — you have the essence of what fairs are about. And that's healthful competition and justifiable pride.
At a local fair you get a small glimpse into history, a quick lesson about the real backbone of this country.
Local fairs remind us that without the painstaking science of the farm, life as we know it wouldn't ever be the same. Too often we take for granted the source of our abundance.
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