Yes my little grasshoppers it is time for the annual Geauga County Fair roundup. That time of year when you journey with me through cow butts and pig butts and way too much fried food.
HHBL and I indulge in an orgy of fair food and farm animals once a year on Labor Day. And this year was the first year for I think 20+ years that we haven’t had one of the progeny with us. It was just…..
Wow. And we still had fun and we still ate way too much. Life is good.
We are creatures of habit are HHBL and I. We park in the same place (the high school) and we walk the fair grounds always in a counter clockwise direction, going through the agricultural barn first so that we can see all the produce, the gigantic pumpkin (which wasn’t all that big this year) and all the 6 day old baked goods that have lost all sense of edibleness.
I consulted with the “bee guy” about what he thought was the type of ground bees that I killed a couple of weeks ago. It is always good to speak with the authorities on these sorts of things, not that he was there to help me when I was in the trenches slugging it out with the little devils.
We always check out all the artwork that the highschoolers produce as well as all the photography that is in the last building. Every year HHBL keeps telling me that I need to enter the photography category. One of these days.
And then it is on to the livestock.
Turkeys really are ugly birds. Tasty but ugly.
And then there were……..
That is one brave pig to put his body and snout down in the place where he has it.
All day I have felt the need for bacon. That must be why we are having BLT’s for dinner.
And then it was time to eat. As we would leave one live stock barn and enter another we would be overwhelmed with the smell of deep fried stuff. And we finally had to give in.
We walked a bit after ingesting the onion rings and gyros in fairly quick order. There was a stroll through the areas under the grandstands where you can buy everything from replacement windows to tupperware to beef jerky and all sorts of things in between. These set ups used to be Pilot Man’s favorite when we were growing up. Grab a bag and see how much literature that you can pick up and take home. Who cares if it is for hernia surgery, he who gathers the most literature wins.
We stopped at the book barn where I managed not to buy a book. I think that is a first for me.
And then it was a stroll back through the fair grounds where we watched kids riding the rides and playing the games.
It was on to…..
And then we strolled up the midway, stopped in the Republican booth and saw Mike DeWine who is running for Attorney General here in the Frozen Northeast Ohio. He is much shorter than I thought he was.
But that is neither here nor there I guess. I am still voting for him.
And then, as our usual last stop, we strolled over to listen to the Geauga Country Fair Band.
And all too soon my milk shake was done.
It was a close call I can tell you.