It’s been a while since I last visited my local county fair. Indiana’s is celebrating its bicentennial this year, so the fair board pulled out all the stops to provide a better experience. The most visible upgrade? A new ride vendor. Unlike previous years, the thrills from the midway aren’t mostly fear that the thing will rattle apart and fling you to your ignominious death.
Chris and I took the HRH and one of her friends one evening, and met my sister and her family. It was a pretty good time, despite a heat index that probably should have resulted in all of us needing IVs. The HRH and friend spent most of the evening squealing as they caught up with friends from school, and slightly less time squealing from the rides.
One of my nieces asked me if the fair was like this when I was a kid. I told her honestly I didn’t know. My parents wouldn’t take me as a kid – the first time I visited it was as an adult.
My husband was frustrated in his manly desire to watch people smash cars into each other, as it did not start at 8 (as advertised), but more like 10:30 (aka “twenty minutes after we left.”) Instead, he spent an hour or so watching demo derby cars race slowly around the mud track, which was less exciting than watching them deliberately smack into each other. But probably more fun for the drivers.
The Wiener King booth was there, providing reliably tasty and affordable foodstuffs. I tried to buy lemonades for HRH and friend, but I refused to pay $12 for two drinks when I only had $16.
The trip also served as a writer recon mission. Among my current WIPs (“works in progress”) is a romantic comedy which begins at a county fair. I need to rework it a little, because my memory was kind of dated (I didn’t spot a single mullet! Scandalous!) I also made note of a few details I could add to make the scene more vivid and believable.
It wasn’t as exciting as Bear Watch 2016, but when you live in a small town, you take your entertainment where you can get it. What about you? What things in your hometown did you think would never change, only to recently discover they have?