Ah, October! There’s so much to like about this month: a happy goodbye to the summer heat and humidity of Washington, DC… those amazing, rich colors of the fall… the cool, snappy mornings and the warm, sunny afternoons…. It’s a favorite time of the year for me. I feel the same way about April, six months away on the other side of the calendar.
I was reminded of my fondness for October this past weekend, when a friend emailed me some pictures he took on a recent trip with a friend to Coshocton, Ohio. Their visit there with Steve’s wonderful, active, 94-year-old, piano-playing mother happily coincided with the run of this year’s Coshocton County Fair. It’s a big event in this east central Ohio county, and this year it celebrated its 160th anniversary. And what’s not to love about the merry-go-round, above? The very first painted pony I ever rode — at the Tompkins County Fair in upstate New York — looked pretty much like these.
The pictures that follow below brought back memories of my own happy childhood experiences at the Tompkins County Fair. I’ll bet you a roast beef sundae that something here looks very familiar to YOU.
My friend told me he almost succumbed to this intriguing offering: a roast beef sundae. He thought about it, and choose an Italian sausage sandwich with fried peppers and onions, instead. Probably a good decision.
Up, up, and away! Like the kids of Coshocton County, OH, my first ferris wheel ride came at my own local county fair. I still remember being scared when the guy sharing the seat with me — an older neighbor kid — started rocking the chair back and forth. I was sure I’d fall to my death.
OK, these Ohio apples look pretty good. But let’s remember: the best apples in the world come from upstate New York.
After enjoying a crisp apple, how about a char-broiled steak sandwich? A delicious, cholesterol extravaganza!
May I offer you some dessert? How about a winning slice of pie? These entries were about five-days-old when my friend took the photo. They still look tasty. Maybe with a cup of very strong coffee.
One of the art galleries:
How can someone judge a piece of cake without really tasting the icing? Is that possible? Isn’t icing a key element in the experience?
I’d like one of each: the winners in the jams and jellies category:
Coshocton County is celebrating its bicentenniel this year (and its 160th county fair). The quilter highlights that anniversary in this beautiful creation:
Here’s a crowd pleaser: somebody’s salt and pepper shaker collection. Got a favorite?
Isn’t this great? A pencil collection:
Another gorgeous winning quilt:
Since we’re in the Buckeye State, there’s a special category for buckeye candies. These look good: