Fairs and Carnivals

Fairs and carnivals are predominant in most people’s memories – I am no exception.

CARNIVALS
Where I grew up, carnivals were more frequent and readily available – there was one going on at some town within driving distance every weekend during “carnival season” (pretty much all summer). During “carnival season”, every town held their Fireman’s Carnival to raise funds for their volunteer fire departments. These events were HUGE – not just a little carnival in a parking lot for a day – they were a big production that lasted all weekend, took each town all year to plan, and every town participated in each other’s events! They were always kicked off with a huge street parade with firemen from all over the region in full uniform and showing off their shiny fire trucks, bands from all the neighboring schools, baton twirlers, drill teams, cheerleaders, veterans, classic cars, horses, clowns, floats, and so much more. The parades were on the opening night and started on one end of town and progressed through town to end up at the fair grounds!!! Parade viewers filled in at the end of the parade to follow it to the fairgrounds and partake in the carnival fun. Saturday morning was usually a “Pet Parade” with kids all dressed up or in funny costumes parading their pets adorned with ruffles and ribbons and bicycles or wagons beautifully decorated with Kleenex flowers, streamers, and bows – it was great fun!!! The Pet Parade also ended up at the fairgrounds and afterwards the Saturday “kids” time with special attractions for children were held at the carnivals. Other big events during the weekend were hook and ladder competitions that the area volunteer fire departments participated in for bragging rights and trophies. Each town’s carnivals ran from Thursday thru Saturday and everyone you knew hopped from town to town doing the carnival thing every weekend – the question was never “what are we doing this weekend?”, it was “where’s the best carnival this weekend?” – some weekends there were multiple carnivals, but they were carefully planned so that towns within close proximity were on staggered weekends. The carnivals had the usual rides, games, winning of stuffed animals, food, food, food, food, food (did I mention food?), and a bingo tent to give adults a place to sit and relax while their kids enjoyed the rides and games. And then there was the “BEER TENT” – always packed and really turned into the place to be after about 10:00! By the way – did I mention the food tents????? There was hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, cotton candy, candy apples, caramel apples, sugar coated waffles, popcorn, and other local specialties — YUM!!!!

The best part about carnivals is that they pretty much lasted all summer – just moved from town to town – you didn’t have to wait for the once a year fair to get your fix of amusement rides and carnival food (I did tell you about the food, right?) and gave each town a chance to show off and shine for the weekend! Carnivals were my favorite and something I really miss…….

FAIRS
We also had fairs — the annual 4-H Fair that was put on by the various county’s 4-H Extension organizations. They also had the rides and the games, but they were a side attraction — the main events were the animals, the crafts, the food, the food, the food (I think I’ve made the point that I like the food at these things – ha-ha), the competitions, etc. Some of the fun events were the greased pole climbing competition, the greased pig competition, rodeo type events, the fashion show of fashions made by local 4-H club members, and other typical 4-H Fair types exhibits. Each night of the week long fair was a different “dinner” – people would go for dinner and then stay for the fair. Then – our county’s claim to fame was the “World’s Largest Apple Pie”!! They had a HUGE (I really mean huge – as tall as a building when standing on it’s side) pie tin that each year they made a big apple pie in to display and sell scoops of. It was quite an attraction!

Art In Sanford

I spent some time on Saturday at the ARTober Fest and the Brush and Palette Show. I went early because I had several things I had to get done and didn’t want to get busy and miss out on the chance to go! I don’t know if the visitors increased through the day (according to the Herald article this morning, it sounds like it did get busier), but while I was there, the crowd was pretty sparse. This was disappointing to me – the thought I had was that people were really missing a great way to spend a Saturday morning and the opportunity to see the talents of some of their neighbors. But – the threat of rain and the tons of other things going on around the area probably made it hard for folks to “do it all”. The plus side was that it wasn’t difficult finding a close place to park…….

I went to Depot Park first for ARTober Fest – wandered around looking at the exhibits, sat on a bench and enjoyed the cool breeze and the entertainment, and ran into some friends.

Then, I went to the old Armory for the Brush and Palette Show – last year, I picked up a lovely floral painting of pink roses in a silver coffee pot by Geneva Metcalf and it hangs prominently in my kitchen. Yesterday, I went with the I hope of finding something that reached out and grabbed me like that one did. I wasn’t disappointed — in fact, I found TWO pieces that I decided to purchase. One is a wonderful black and white pencil sketch of a lovely lighthouse by John McAuley that is going to hang in my guest bathroom! I love lighthouses and it is the theme decor in my guest bathroom. It will be a lovely addition to the other prints and whatnots that focus on lighthouses – especially after I finish the painting phase of my renovation plans and that room becomes a soothing light blue. The other piece is a floral painting called “Wildflowers” by Nancy Findley. This is planned for the master bathroom – the peach/pink shades will go perfectly in that room! I can’t wait until next Sunday when I can go pick up my new art and get them hung so I can begin enjoying them. Maybe I’ll drop in today and “visit” them…….ha-ha!

At lunch time, I wasn’t really hungry, but I couldn’t resist stopping in at Renalds to show support for them opening on a Saturday (not usual for them). I had a salad and some of the absolutely delicious apple crisp that Joni made special for the day!

Then, I went about the business of the day……

OT Excitement!!!



WOW – what a game!!! Yanks – Indians went 11 innings!!! Sadly, the last winning run was by the Tribe, but it sure was a wild game!!!

The post season really gets started Sunday, though — the next game is Sunday at the “House That Ruth Built” in the Bronx — no bugs allowed!!! Ha-Ha


Too Funny….Yanks Decline The Wild Card?????


OK — I admit New Yorkers have a reputation for being arrogant, but this takes the cake!!!! Man, this is really hysterical…….I laughed so hard I could hardly breathe!!!! Whether you love or hate the Yankees, you’ll get a kick out of this!!!!

http://www.theonion.com/content/news/yankees_decline_wild_card

I really needed a good laugh, too — I read this while I was watching tonight’s game!!! ;-( I got home late – some things came up that I needed to take care of (it was one of those weeks!!!!), so I didn’t get to turn on the game until the 6th inning and saw the score and said “oh, oh” and it went down hill from there……..12-3 Indians is a little tough to swallow (good game, Indians)!!! But – it’s just the beginning and the Yankees are really good at turning things around!!!!! They aren’t out of the Series, yet……..

Fresh Choice Open For Dinner Now!!

We now have another choice for dinner in Sanford – Fresh Choice has decided to stay open for dinner on Mon-Thurs until 8:00! Nice!!! Pass the word……

Oh what a beautiful day……

Yesterday and today were so lovely!!! Yeah, today had some periods of heavy cloud cover, but I still so enjoyed the weather both days!

I grew up just off one of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario, where there is almost always a really nice breeze (I won’t go into what I think of that breeze during the winters and that wind brings in major lake effect snow…)! I love feeling the wind on my face and the smell of a fresh breeze. So – the breezy days we’ve had this week were so welcoming to me! I wanted to just stay outside and soak it all in! And the temperatures were really quite pleasant, too!

But the icing on the cake was at lunch time today — I went out for lunch to run some really fast errands (I made a quick stop at All Animals to buy some food for the girls, popped into the post office to get some stamps and mail a couple letters, and grabbed the sub I called in an order for from Lil Dino’s to take back and eat at my desk) — as I was walking from the car back in to my office, I walked slowly to enjoy the breeze as long as I could. I looked up at the sky and it was the most breathtaking shade of blue with dabs of bright white cotton-like patches strategically placed for maximum effect and beauty…………I stopped and stared into the sky, feeling the strong breeze on my face and thought “man, I need to be home on my patio napping in my hammock – not going back in to work!” But, unfortunately, I couldn’t come up with a valid reason to tell my boss I needed to leave for the rest of the day…….not that I actually considered it, you know! ha-ha

So, I went in, ate my sub while I reviewed some documents and worked on a spreadsheet, and finished out the rest of the day…….but, luckily, our campus is spread out over multiple buildings and office trailers so I get to walk outside to get from one meeting to another or to take care of various business and take advantage of these beautiful days. Of course, that’s a real drag when it’s raining or cold or super hot……….but, I’ll consider it a benefit for now!

Well, whadda you know????


Well, I’ll be darned — My coveted NY Yankees got a “thumbs up” on the Opinion page (pg A6) of the Sanford Herald this morning!!!!!

Hard to avoid recognizing GREATNESS, isn’t it……he-he-he

(scan down and see my earlier post about the Yanks….)