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The County Fair of my youth

The Shenandoah County Fair of my youth was a safe haven for quality family entertainment.  Alcohol, gambling and nudity. Oh yea, and bear vs. man wrestling.  During that one week of the year, you could join family and friends in a toast of liquor out in the parking lot or grab a beer from the hidden keg of a local vendor; place a ‘behinds-the-screens’ bet on the harness races or play the dice game at the far end of the midway; then watch totally nude women perform obscene acts with inanimate objects while standing behind the safety of a canvas tent, obscured in the eyes of God and your wife.  But those days are gone.  The society of those simpler times has crumbled and all that we’re left with now are livestock judging, rubber duckies, and cotton candy. Continue reading The County Fair of my youth