For those who live in Adams County one has only but to look at their calendar and see it is turning to July. In Adams County, July means that the annual County Fair will be in full operation in just a couple weeks and to those who grew up attending the Adams County Fair, expectation and excitement is building. For the past 123 years and only for one week the citizens of the county have an event that can include and in one way or another involve each and every citizen.
When parents take young children to the fair for their first times, look into the faces of those children as they hear the hurdy gurdy music from the midway and around the rides with all their colorful lights and the carnies calling out whatever they are trying to sell. I’m certain the world looks huge, bright and wondrous. To the parents the midway can bring concern as they have been there before and know how much the kids hate the word no. But they all go anyway.
To the youth, the fair brings competition in many ways. From livestock projects to cheerleading contests, each are there to prove what they are entered in they are the best or are going to give it the hardest try. As the youth move into the young adult age and middle aged the competition is not only still there but has grown stronger even though most will deny just how bad they want that blue ribbon or trophy. The fair brings out the challenge and in some ways folks take their prize back to their communities for bragging privileges for another year.
The fair has always been a place for showing things and seeing things and most of all visiting. I have been told by friends that this will be the only time they meet and get to catch up on the year past and the plans for the year ahead. Stop and take a look at the fairgrounds and one will notice how the terrain raises in the center some and rolls up and down in much the same way as Adams County itself. It seems like the county has been scaled down so there is an immediate feel of familiarity. Why not? This is Adams County’s fair isn’t it? It is there and in July of the year it is open to all to attend and enjoy. With so much to see and do a person should find something, if not just visiting, to do.
Last but not least of all are the seniors of the area. They have attended for many years and now look back and reflect on when they first saw the midway and smelled funnel cakes, pork tender loins and cotton candy and maybe a serving of the greasiest best tasting French fries only the fair can deliver. They probably think of when they were younger and entered different events and competitions trying to show they were the best. Now they walk, look and listen to the fair, and think back and also wish they had done more at the fair and just done more so their memory is a little fuller.
So when the gates open, pencil in a time on the calendar to go the fair and enjoy the 125th year that Adams County felt it important enough to hold for its’ citizens. A person never knows who they might see. Who knows, you might see me!