I worked at the county library booth at the fair again this year. That makes, I think, eight years in a row.
I arrived shortly before 10 a.m. and parked in the lot on the far side of the fair park from where I needed to be, just so I could get a look at everything before it got too hot. The dairy judging was in progress.
There were the requisite Holsteins.
There were the requisite brown Swiss. As a brown-haired person of Swiss heritage, I am partial to the brown Swiss.
What's that hanging in the dairy barn?
Surely not a piñata?
Strange sights are present even in the parking lot.
Did you see that?
Somebody rode his/her llama to the fair!
And, finally, the latest in my Tigers of Polk County series, which began in 2007. This is #4. Tigers are scarce 'round these parts.
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A final note: there is a small deck/stage attached to one of the buildings, and there have traditionally been small entertainments all during the fair — barbershop groups, civic bands, whatever. This year the entertainments were moved to a large open tent where there was more space and lots more shaded seating, but apparently some missed the performances on the small stage. When I went past, several dozen people were seated on the benches… watching a woman spin. Excitement reigns supreme at the Polk County fair!