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Local fairs liven up the summer
As summer winds down, fairs across the country are coming to life. There are over 3,000 fairs held around the U.S. each year. People gather around fried food, carnival rides, farm animals and demolition derbies.
Fairs have been celebrated around the world since medieval times. The first fair in North America began in Nova Scotia in 1765. This event is still held today. Eventually, fairs spread across America. Out of the 50 states, 47 have an annual state fair. Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts are the only states that do not have a state-wide event. Just because these states don’t have a state fair doesn’t mean they don’t have fairs. Connecticut has over 46 different fairs throughout the summer.
Fairs and friendly competition
Throughout history, they have been a center for agriculture, religion, and commerce. Over time, fairs have become more about education, entertainment, and competition. Friend and neighbors compete in contests about everything from baking and painting to growing and sewing. Rodeos feature cowboy excellence.
Before fair-goers got their thrills from carnival rides, rodeos provided the familiar adrenaline rush. Cattlemen began to showcase their skills roping, riding and wrangling throughout the American southwest. It was a natural transition to combine this community event with the local fair. Rodeos continue to draw big crowds to the county fair each year.
Fairs promote education
As modern fairs increased their focus on education, groups such as Future Farmers of America and 4-H became popular. The fair remains an effective way to highlight careers in agriculture and share new information in exhibitions. Participants showcase their agriculture innovations and their prize-winning livestock. Fairs are an opportunity to discuss new ideas and share groundbreaking discoveries.
Music and carnival rides
Music is an important part of today’s fair experience. Entertainers travel the country and perform in front of large crowds at state and county fairs. Carnival rides and games fill the fairgrounds with lights and noise. These attractions have become an important part of the fair environment.
2017 Colorado State Fair
The 2017 Colorado State Fair runs from August 25-September 4 in Pueblo, Colorado. Senior citizens over the age of 60 get a $2 discount on admission costs. Wheelchair and electric scooter rentals are available at Gates 5 (Prairie Avenue) and 9 (Beulah Avenue). The fair hours of operation are Monday-Thursday from 12 p.m.-11 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-11 p.m.