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Monday, July 17, 2017

Bill Pekarski: Day 313, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 313, Living life on my terms.

Summer vacation is pretty much half way over but there are still plenty of things to look forward to before the leaves change. We have a whole bunch of Fridays with the farmer’s market beside the courthouse square and one of my personal favorite events is only 2 weeks away; the Potter County Fair.

This year is the 81st Potter County Fair held in Millport running July 30 to August 5. For me, it is that one time of year when people you probably see every day and interact with on some level come out to the fair. Everyone dresses comfortably and has smiles on their faces. The kids are excited to ride as many rides as they can and the Adults figure out how they can manage to fit a 4-H “real” milk-milkshake on top of the loaded baked potato, the fried dough, and the fresh strawberry shortcake.

Sure the carnival food is good, but it is all of the booths that line the middle of the fairground that I really look forward to. Local groups come out every year to provide those special treats for which they are so well known. The fried dough and funnel cake lines can be long at times, but they are so worth the wait.

Many people will walk “the circle” stopping every so often to talk to someone. As they part ways, you will often hear one of them say; “see ya next trip around!” Sure it is not a big fair, but it is just right to me and many others.

So many kids spend all year getting their projects ready and raising their animals just waiting for the end of July. One can’t help but to be in awe of the amount of work and determination these kids put forth just for fair week. When you walk through the livestock barns you will see where the kids have decorated the stalls and pens holding their animals. Many of the kids spend the entire week right at the fairgrounds.

I also enjoy seeing all of the art work, photos, and crafts that are on display throughout the buildings. Additionally, there is a whole bunch of farm fresh produce on display and a ton of baked goods; and on Tuesday night you can win some of those homemade goodies during the auction.

Every night there is music inside the main pavilion with everything from barbershop to square dancing and country to rock-n-roll. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention quarter bingo every day and night that is open to players of all ages.

And do you know what the best part of the Potter County Fair is? It’s FREE (essentially). No charge for admission, no charge for parking, and no charge for entertainment. You only have to pay for food and if you want to ride any of the rides; just walking around and taking in the sights and sounds won’t cost you a dime.

One thing that everyone should purchase however is the annual commemorative fair button. Kids throughout the area submit designs every year and one of them is selected to be the official fair button. This year’s button was designed by Delena Howell. The sale of buttons helps to keep our fair free.

I would also like to remind everyone that is driving along Rt. 44 that week to take extra caution through Millport as people will be crossing the road and there will be many children who are excited about going to the fair. Let’s make sure everyone is safe and enjoys one of the best parts of summer in God’s Country.

Today I am dedicating my progress to everyone who will be taking part in this year’s Potter County Fair. Please try and support the local people and groups that will be there all week as well as the carnival concessions. Hey, even I can’t leave the fair without my Fowler’s Taffy!


Anonymous said...

Me too Bill, got to leave with some of that de..li..cious....taffy...

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the mini donuts, they are soooo good we always some home an eat a bunch there, alone with the fried dough everything is sooo dam good never taste like that at home, oh because its the fair... see ya there