When I was a kid, we went to the Champlain Valley Fair every year. My sister and I used to plan for it weeks in advance, as we usually entered some sort of competition. Art work, vegetables, flower arrangements, and bonsai trees were all among the items we toted to and from the fair. One year I won a second place ribbon for a drawing of a horse, and I believe my sister received a ribbon for a plant of some sort.
The last time I remember being at the fair was my first week of college, 11 years ago. I went with my boyfriend at the time to see Styx and REO Speedwagon perform, and skipped orientation/bonding time with my dorm mates. It rained half the night, and I remember a man on stage with a guitar (no idea which one) jumping in the puddles and making the water splash in time to the music.
Wednesday night, my mother, sister, and I (plus one husband and one boyfriend) went to the fair together for the first time in over a decade. I had forgotten how beautiful everything is at night when the lights come on all over the fairground. I was glad I had my camera with me, although the rest of the group, who were constantly waiting for/losing me in the crowd when I stopped every 15 feet to photograph something, may have been less so. I hope they can at least enjoy the results. Happy fair week/labor day weekend/last day of August!