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Mid-August Is a Fine Time for a Fair

August 7, 2019
By Ed Parsons - Editor , Tyler Star News

Although it seems impossible that August has nearly reached its halfway point, a glimpse at the calendar shows that it's true. That means, of course, that it's County Fair time.

Tyler County has started its 57th annual fair, and our advice is that you make plans to attend before the last ride shuts down Saturday night. Wetzel County will hold it's 59th Annual Town and Country Days August 12-17, two great events that everyone in the counties look forward too.

A visit to the variety of 4-H and FFA exhibition areas will cheer you up.

Those kids work hard, all year round, and it's fun (and impressive) to see the fruits of their labors.

You'll walk away considerably more confident that the future is in good hands.

Corndogs. You don't get a chance to eat those things much during the rest of the year. Consider chasing your second corndog with a serving of funnel cake, appropriately topped with whipped cream. You know what would be great with that? An icy glass of lemonade. Now, that's living.

A visit to the fair is a virtual guarantee that you'll run into a friend whom you haven't seen in months. Should you share a third corndog? No; those aren't meant to be shared. But divide an elephant ear between the two of you and catch up.

Like all fairs the geatest concern seems to be "will it rain." This year's fair should be right in the confort zone, not too hot, not too cold, just about perfect, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80s. As always, though, pack some sunscreen and carry an umbrella,

A good lineup of concerts, are available for just the price of fair admission. Don't forget the Queen Pagents, Demolition Derby, Fair Exhibits, Baked Goods, All the food stands, ATV/Dirt Drag Racing, Livestock shows, 4x4 truck pulls, pretty baby contests, horse shoe pitching and carnival rides for young and old.

The annual extravaganzas are known for their midways jammed with rides and games, great food, top-notch performances, livestock and homegrown crops.

The fairs are recognized as family events where young and old renew acquaintances and friendships.

Youngsters display their livestock in hopes of showing a grand champion. Those blessed with green thumbs will set up arrangements of the best fruits and vegetables they can grow. And the bakers will have visitors' mouths watering with their scrumptious pies, cakes, jams and jellies.

The local county fairs are outstanding. There is something for everyone: animals, contests, exhibits, merchants, concerts, grandstand performances, people watching and great food!

 
 
 

 

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