Pat’s Bits & Pieces- It’s fair time again

Pat Maurer, Review Correspondent

Lots of excitement around here this week.

The Isabella County Fair is going on right now and the Clare County Fair starts Sunday!

Oh and Primary Election Day is only a little over a week away. That should be a quiet one as this is an “off year” for the polls. One important thing coming up on the ballot is the renewal for 911. We wouldn’t want to miss that one.
Voting is really important to me but it kind of pales next to the fun of the County Fair.

All next week our fair will have lots to offer with rides, displays and some top-name entertainment when Hunter Hayes performs.
They have really a lot to offer this year. There’s races and truck pulls, a rodeo and even a circus to tempt you to come up to the fair, so you can have the fun of the entertainment and fun of a fair, a circus and a rodeo all rolled into one fun week!
Remember County Fairs when you were young? Was there anything as exciting as the rides, as tempting as the chances to win a big stuffed animal, as interesting as some of the entries there?

And, nothing tastes quite as good as cotton candy at the fair, although my personal favorite treat is French fries with vinegar and an elephant ear for dessert. Talk about great junk food!

I already had the “dessert.” We went to the Isabella Fair Tuesday afternoon to watch the granddaughters manhandle their sheep. And did they ever do a great job. This is their second year with lambs. Alea took a second place in showmanship in her class, a second in pen of lambs and two second places in individual lambs. Alison got first place in her showmanship class, second in her pen of lambs, and a first and second place in individual lambs.

I am pretty proud of the granddaughters.

In fact, I was really impressed with the work all of those youngsters put into raising their 4-H animals and I have always loved going through the animal barns to see them all.

The fair always makes for some great memories. I wasn’t in 4-H when I was a kid, but I never missed our little fair in Roscommon County.

I can still remember my first ride on a roller-coaster. It wasn’t very big, but I thought it was the neatest thing I had ever done. My Aunt Ruby and Uncle Sid talked for years about the time she took me to the fair wearing an old pair of my mother’s high heels that I just couldn’t bear to take off.

More than a few years ago when we went to the fair, I managed to talk Jack into dressing up in old western costumes and having our picture taken. He actually looked right at home in fringed buckskins, cowboy hat and holding a rifle. I still have that picture and a great one of daughter Lisa and her friend Kari outfitted at dance hall girls.

I still love all the fun and excitement of the fair, although actually I am not much for the rides any more, my top speed is probably the Ferris wheel – sometimes.

But I still love to go and see the 4-H competitions, and all of those wonderful displays. It always amazes me how many talented people we have right here in our own area.

I can’t help it; the county fair always makes me feel like a kid again.

Wonder if I can “cut work” this coming week and sneak up to Harrison for some fun…

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