A small state Fair, not prone to provide the thrills others get to see.
But when you were little, it didn’t matter.
You ride this–I’ll ride that.
and Sharing tickets.
To spend mightily while staving off the
end of the day and the return to the routine.
As I stop think that I did not see this until I was just this age.
A Kiddie Land on the highway going into town
shared space with a drive-in movie, showing monsters and shaky sheriffs
next to a swimming pool that chilled even in the 100 degree heat.
being Raised by parents who never experienced a Fair
Life continued much the same
With patterns repeated of
Activities, sights and sounds.
into the barns to smell animals we can’t identify.
And talk to the turkey, jump when the rooster crows and
admire the softness of the bunnies.
Heading home, feeling slightly sick
A sure sign that it was a Fair day.
Alaska State Fair
September 1st 2010