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    Re: Fairs and food festivals

    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter;2448447;
    Miss Thing - I've seen the Deerfield Fair being advertised on tv for this weekend. Are you going? (Take Rt. 2 and stop by Laurel Lake Park in Erving to see the world's oldest lifeguard!).
    I wonder if the fair you heard about is one on the Fairgrounds, but not the Deefield Fair, which is usually just after Labor Day? In any case, I'm just back from a visit up there, and don't want to wear out my welcome, so I will just be staying home this weekend.

    Although, there is the draw of seeing the Greatest Lifeguard on Earth, who I understand is making a personal appearance in Erving .
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    Re: Fairs and food festivals

    My favorite festival I've ever attended is the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival in Olathe, Colorado.

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    My best friends and I went last year and will go again this year. To me, it's an wild experience because there are some genuinely awesome things to be found there (unlimited sweet corn you can eat, the bluegrass band Sweet Sunny South), and there are also some of the hokey and terrible things associated with all of these events (Leann Rimes is doing the main concert, the carnival of gluttony that is the sweet corn eating contest).

    Last year, the headliner was Lonestar ("Every little thing that you do . . . I'm so in love with yooooooou-ooooooou-AAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!"), which I was fully expecting to be heinous, but there was a huge thunderstorm over the mountains behind the stage and a fireworks show afterwards, which made it all rather epic.

    Oh, there was also a karaoke contest, where a buncha yokels did their best to croon sappy country and R&B songs, to tremendous response from the yokels in the audience. The winner did a Bryan McKnight song . . . an octave lower than it should have been.

    So, after a full day of 100-degree heat, checking out the booths, and literally eating pounds of sweet corn, it concludes as a surreal and wonderful experience.

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    Re: Fairs and food festivals

    I totally forgot about Comfest - The Free Columbus Community Festival in June here in Columbus this weekend. A couple of years ago the main band was Commander Cody and The Lost Planet Airmen.
    The spirit that produced that ramshackle street party was shaped by the civil rights movement of the ‘50s and ‘60s, the antiwar movement of the ‘60s and early ‘70s, and the success of the first Earth Day in 1970, when over 20 million people nationwide participated in actions demonstrating that people wanted their “leaders” to take action on environmental issues. Those grass-roots efforts showed that everyday people, working together, could not only stimulate political action but improve social relationships as well.
    The first ComFest took shape when a handful of political hippies who had already formed, among other things, a free medical clinic, a food co-op, a tenants union and an alternative newspaper, pulled off a big street party at the convergence of East 16th and Waldeck Avenues in the OSU area. OK, it was a couple of street barricades, a bunch of card tables staffed by service groups, a few children’s activities, four beer taps, some great local bands, and regular and high-test brownies at the Yippie table.

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    Re: Fairs and food festivals

    Last year was my first year at the Calgary Stampede, and it was a blast. It has everything...rodeo, chuck wagons, arts & crafts, rides, tons of concerts (most are free), agriculture, Indian Village, tons of food (of course), fireworks, a casino...and so much more. It runs July 5 - July 15 and the entire city celebrates it, if you're near by you should definatly check it out.
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