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The County Fair, Marking Summer's End

Yesterday evening my husband and I took our grandson to the Hampshire County Fair. Of course he rode on every ride that he could and played every game that he was able to play. He ate popcorn and cotton candy. He had a blast. While I had a good time watching my grandson have fun being there brought back wonderful memories.

When I was little my Dad always took me to the Prince William County Fair.

Back then there was no King's Dominion, no Busch Gardens, none of those places (unless your family could afford Disneyland which mine could not). It didn't matter though, the fair was plenty big and plenty fun. Of course I grew up but still, every year I went to the fair. When my son was born I always took him to the fair. It was something that he looked forward to every year, much as I did when I was a kid. We would always wait and go around 5 or 6 in the evening and ALWAYS on the last night. It seemed more fun that way. We would stay until the last light on the last ride was turned off and they started the tear down. Then we would slowly walk back to the car, look back and sigh. "Oh well, it's over for another year" we would say. Of course the bad thing about the fair is the fact that school was always just around the corner. When the Prince William County Fair was over well, so was the summer.

My son was much more of a rider than I was. When I was a kid my favorites were the Scrambler, Tilt-A-Whirl and the Ferris Wheel. While my son rode those his favorites leaned more towards the Kamikaze, the Zipper and the Round Up. You know, all those upside down rides that you couldn't PAY me to get on. Man, he would ride too. There was no stopping him. Off one and right on another one. The only reason he would take a break was to get some cotton candy, a caramel apple or some other "nutritious" snack. That was okay though, he had a great time...and I had a great time just watching him, as I did with my grandson.

Nowadays my favorite ride is the "sit on the bench and rest ride". I always enjoy looking at the exhibits and the animals but after that I'm ready for a funnel cake and a seat. It's not the same as it was when I was a kid (but what is?) however I recommend that everyone who lives remotely close to a place that holds a county fair go and take it in. It's a great time and it makes for great memories. My son (who is all grown up now) and I still talk about the fair and it always makes us feel happy. After all, what's more important than that?

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twysp2 | August 23rd 2011 at 1314158490

I loved the L.A. county fair when I was was a annual family outing. I especially liked the farm animals and the 4H clubs. I have not been in years but they still draw the crowds. I now am thinking of funnel cakes...yummy!
Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles
Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles | August 23rd 2011 at 1314159746 - in reply to twysp2

That funnel cake I ate was REALLLLLLY good!!!!!
buyzjewelry | August 23rd 2011 at 1314164257

Can't do any of those rides anymore but the memories are still fresh. What a wonderful blog to write.
Ayuni Gifts of the World
Ayuni Gifts of the World | August 23rd 2011 at 1314166072

oh, that sounds like so much fun!! I grew up in New York City, so no county fair........ but there were always trips to Coney Island, and little neighborhood amusement parks that popped up in the summer....

Actually, just today I was thinking of the San Gennaro Feast.... that was always just at the end of summer... kind of a neighborhood fair - we went every year to that one!!
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BeewitchingItems | August 24th 2011 at 1314189086

Oh boy, did you bring back memories for me and I thank you. There is no way that I could ever ride the rides again (well, maybe the carousel), but this blog made me close my eyes and remember back to the days when I could ride them with my kids and the grand kids when they were small. Thanks for the memories
LouieTheSeller | August 24th 2011 at 1314202725

I've never lived in the country but enjoy going to amusement parks. I love Great Adventures and 3 yrs ago I went to Disney World. I love the big roller coasters - but they exhaust me!

Thanks for sharing!

Your Friend,
Fredrick Nijm
Fredrick Nijm | August 24th 2011 at 1314208466

Such beautiful photos and great memories. I love going to fairs, but you have to watch it here in AZ. You can get shot lol. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Sounds like a lot of fun
Royal Presence
Royal Presence | August 24th 2011 at 1314225471

It does bring back memories, sounds like a quintessential summer.
Donna's Stuff & More
Donna's Stuff & More | August 24th 2011 at 1314225475

OMG - Where did you live in Prince William County? I moved to Woodbridge in 1972. Live in Montclair now. It's a small world! Love your memories. We haven't gone the last few years - we are usually at the beach that week. Love the post!
Pacesetter | August 24th 2011 at 1314243074

Love it! Can't wait to go to our fair next month, now! :)
Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles
Enchanted Jewelry & Collectibles | August 24th 2011 at 1314247067 - in reply to DonnasStuffMore

I lived in Lake Ridge for a couple of years but grew up in Arlington. I have lived all over the Northern Virginia area...Falls Church, Fairfax City, Springfield and I lived in Alexandria before I moved here to WV. It is indeed a small world.

Thanks everyone for the comments! I'm glad you all enjoyed the post, I enjoyed writing it. LOL @ Fred.

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