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Written by Chris Lee   

Where is summer going?

It’s hard to believe we are talking about fair. Wasn’t it just May not too long ago? Where has the time gone?

These are a couple of questions I have heard in the past few weeks. It is almost August! Recent high school graduates will be leaving in about a month for college. Before you know it, fall sports will be getting underway.

Summer always goes too fast. As I stated in a previous column, it seemed just as we walked out of the school doors in May we were walking right back through them in August.

One thing late July and early August always bring are county fairs. It’s no different here in Holyoke. With fair kicking off next week, I am excited to see the crowds and listen to the buzz of activities throughout the week and weekend.

We were discussing fairs in the office a week or so ago and the girls didn’t believe me that the Iowa State Fair is home to a double Ferris Wheel. We had to Google it. I’ve never been there but went to college with numerous people from Iowa who loved to brag about their state fair. They should, it is massive with many many things going on.

We were also discussing what each one of us should do for the talent show. One of the girls broke out a pair of spoons. Let’s just say this guy doesn’t have many talents unless it is at the card table or trap shooting and even then, I’m not that good. Both talents don’t really fit with the guidelines of the fair talent show anyway. Needless to say I probably won’t be seen on the stage next Friday.

Another aspect of county fairs that never seems to change is the weather. It will most likely be 100 degrees or raining. I’m not trying to jinx the fair, that is just how it always seems to go.

I remember last year’s pedal tractor pull where some of the participants took their shirts off because of the intense heat beating up from the track. And by golly if one of them didn’t win one of those massive trophies.

The smashing of metal Saturday is sure to please the crowd with both the combine and pickup derbies. The roar of motors during the tractor pull and stock car races will surely bring excitement as well.

Good food, fun games and lots of animals are also sure to be awesome. And who doesn’t like a parade? Candy, funny costumes and fun people are a great way to get Saturday’s fair activities kicked off.

There is just a feeling one gets come fair time. Maybe it’s the relaxation one gets to know they can sort of take it easy for a week. For others it means competition. This includes not only the races and other vehicle competitions, but the 4-H kids with their projects and animals.

So come sunshine or rain, I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the fairgrounds next week. It should be a good time.

P.S.—with the summer winding down, it only means one thing. Football season is just around the corner!