Fairs great fun for families

If there is a child in your life, say one under the age of 13, you probably want to save at least one night of the week Aug. 12-17. Fairs, like the Curry County Fair which will happen that week, are not only for children, but there are certainly many events which are best shared with the younger set.

Midway. Carnival rides are no longer my cup of tea, but I can remember when they were. The excitement tinged with fear, then, that was present in my granddaughter’s giggle, is quite comprehensible as I explained to her how many days were left until fair week, and we talked through the list of potential rides to be explored.

Acts and entertainment. I doubt that Mikayla will soon forget being a part of the charming young magician’s act, nor will most of the other children whom he called on to assist him. It wasn’t just kids, however, who stepped into acts at the fair; our whole family was called on to participate in a “game show ” that was among last year’s entertainment options.

Food. Well, let’s be honest; fair food isn’t exactly what you want your kids to perceive as a well-rounded diet. On the other hand, nobody is promoting the idea of switching over entirely, or even more than once a year. Whatever your favorite fair food is, it’s a safe bet you won’t eat enough of it to put yourself in danger.

Animals. It’s not just because a great many of the animals are raised by children, though that’s an added reason to appreciate and applaud the livestock exhibits. It also reconnects us to the fact that livestock are central to the whole idea of county fairs.

Home arts exhibits. What part of the home arts exhibit do you most appreciate ? As someone who regularly participates in that aspect of fair life, it seems obvious to me that all of the artists and artisans who enter work in those divisions work very hard to compete with the best they can create. There are, of course, children’s and special skills divisions as well.

It wouldn’t do to not mention, by way of closing, the commercial building where community organizations have the chance to display who and what they are.

There’s a lot to be said for living in a small community, where the fair entrants are your friends and neighbors, where you don’t have to worry about getting lost on the fairground {unless your sense of direction is truly abysmal). There’s a lot to be said for living in a community where the county fair is still a matter of import. Here’s hoping you’ll make time.

Clyde Davis is a Presbyterian pastor and teacher at Clovis Christian High School. He can be contacted at: clyde_davis@yahoo.com

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