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An afternoon at the fair

Russell County fair

I wonder how different county fairs were two hundred years ago. Were random passersby like me left wondering how they judged the hay and decided that bale was better than this one --- did they put it to the goat test? Did folks walking through the barnyard exhibit wish that the goats had instead been on leashes walking through the crowd the way they obviously ought to be? Did milkmaids never get to ride the ferris wheel because the carnival portion of the fair doesn't open until after supper, awfully close to milking time?

Or perhaps I'm just a little too obsessed with goats....

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