It was 1856 when a group of county residents got together to form the county fair
, a place to feature the products of the farm, field, garden and home.
According to the United States Trotting Association, county fairs
provided an ideal venue in the early days for friends and neighbors to race their horses against one another.
In his decade there, he photographed the Dutchess County Fair
. After landing a job as a biomedical photographer at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, he regularly trained his camera on the New York State Fair, with an occasional visit to the Herkimer and Cayuga county fairs
Corn dogs and elephant's ears will be served up a bit early next summer when the Lane County Fair
moves to late July from its longtime August run.
What took the "agricultural" out of the county fairs
? In what ways did the fairs testify to their host communities' character?
still are partially subsidized by the state and county, as long as the county cooperative extension office oversees the competition.
We conducted a study in the summer of 2004 at county fairs
in the Midwest to investigate the role poultry exhibits have in spreading avian pathogens to humans.
In his nomination letter, Register Vice President and Editor Paul Anger raised the question of whether the county fairs
-- which celebrate the rural past of the state -- were a remembrance of a dying era or a commitment to the future role of Iowa:
The network is also able to spread the word through point-of-contact interaction with farmers, such as county fairs
and field days where thousands of sign-up disks have been distributed.
It also symbolizes a faceless entity that enabled my parents to give me a shiny new bicycle on my seventh birthday and a life filled with Easter egg hunts, county fairs
, and Fourth of July parades.
Thanks to their tireless efforts, for the first time, MCCL's chapters sponsored educational booths at all 94 Minnesota county fairs
this past summer.