It's Crow Wing County Fair time again. Traffic on Brainerd's Thirteenth Street will soon be a steady flow of pick-up trucks, livestock trailers and vendor vehicles, hauling everything from bright T-shirts to honey sundae and elephant ear fixings.
Fair-goers will see 4-H demonstrators, teenagers walking up and down the midway, milk drinking relays, goat milking contests, tractor pulls, gardeners distributing corsages and vote-seeking politicians.
Few public events in our area draw such a wide range of people, provisions and products as the annual county fair. The annual August gathering must confound those personalities who favor events with an over-riding theme or semblance of order to them. The county fair is a noisy, disjointed mixed bag of summer fun. Too many people spend the year with blinders on, retreating to Web sites that cater to specific interests and rarely venturing beyond their comfort zone. During fair week, it's time to take the blinders off. Stroll through the fairgrounds and learn a little bit about your neighbors. It's about the only time we get together anymore.
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