austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

We loaded down his old blue-green Corvair

So what next in our summer? Cows, of course. Or more generally the Calhoun County Fair. We've been trying to get to at least one county fair a summer the last few years and Calhoun County is the easiest to visit with bunny_hugger's parents. We went on a Wednesday which turned out to be seniors-enter-free day or something like that. An unexpected break ahead of buying lots of French Fries anyway.

We started as usual wandering around the barns, looking at cows and horses and goats and all that, with bunny_hugger's father petting as many of them as he could get away with. (Some of them had signs warning not to pet.) If I'm not mistaken there weren't any hogs on display this year, reflecting I think a local swine flu outbreak which they didn't want to spread. The show was also short on chickens and ducks and other birds. There had been none at all the year before, reflecting an avian flu outbreak of that summer. There were a couple of birds this time, mostly turkeys, with a couple of chickens along, but nothing like the heady days two or three years ago. One of the turkeys took a jab at my camera. It turns out big camera lenses fascinate and annoy turkeys.

They had rabbits, though, in a good long row of cages. Adorable ones that made us think of our pet rabbit who was still recovering from his fly strike. I worried a bit how they kept flies away from these rabbits, although we've not seen the kind that threatened our pet rabbit this far south. And much of our rabbit's vulnerability was that he can't move his hindlegs very well. A young, fully able rabbit is naturally safer.

There were several guinea pigs too, up from last year's one, and there were some hamsters and other small rodents like that. As a guinea pig fan I like seeing them get some more attention and, I suppose, ribbons.

And we poked around the miscellaneous collections. The ones most interesting to me were the old Calhoun County fair collections: program books and ride tokens and souvenir mugs and all that. I see I also took a photograph of the cooking dish used to make corn dogs for years. ``A real corn dog machine was purchased in 2003'', it said, and this one was donated to the fair in 2006. That seems to suggest the fair needed three years to be quite sure this newfangled corn dog machine would satisfy their needs. But I understand. You want to see how that sort of thing will wear.

Trivia: Olives good for eating are poor for making olive oil, and vice versa. (Eating-olives should be low in oil.) Source: Salt: A World History, Mark Kurlansky.

Currently Reading: The Man Who Fed The World: Nobel Peace Price Laureate Norman Borlaug And His Battle To End World Hunger, Leon Hesser.

PS: Reading the Comics, November 26, 2016: What is Pre-Algebra Edition, in which I don't answer the question.


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