From July 18-27th this year, the very small country town of Harrington, Delaware, hosts the Delaware State Fair. An honor they've been doing since their first opening on July 27, 1920.
The Kent & Sussex County Fair, as it was known back then charged 50 cents for an adult admission, and 25 cents for parking, while today admission is $7.00 and parking is free. The original intent of the fair was,
“to have or manage a fair or exposition for the purpose of promoting and encouraging Agriculture and of giving pleasures and diversions to the inhabitants of rural communities within the State of Delaware.”
This year I attended the fair for the day with my mom - we hadn't visited the fair in about thirty years, since most of the time this particular week is usually an extremely hot one in the area, but luckily the weather was mostly overcast with a bit of light rain off and on all day so it was not only bearable to walk in, but also not overly crowded. Although we didn't really come for the big concerts (acts like Sugarland, Miranda Lambert & Larry The Cable Guy), or the carnival rides, we did enjoy visiting with the many areas that housed prized farm animals including goats, sheep, cows and even a giraffe (see previous/upcoming posts for pictures). There was even a section where craft makers, gardeners and other hobbyists displayed their prize winning entries.
This crocheted breakfast won a blue ribbon award.
While these entries won ribbons for the largest ears of corn.
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