|Meet Me at the Fair
|Let's all go to the county fair,
There's blossoms and ribbons.....and hope in the air.
|Did you know?
Elkanah Watson gave state fairs their start. A New England farmer and
businessman, he first show-cased his sheep under the great elm tree in the
public square in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1807.
The nation's first official state fair was held in Syracuse, New York in 1841.
It was during the St. Louis World's Fair of 1904 that fair-goers first ate hot dogs
and ice cream cones as they walked - the introduction of the first "fast food."
When Cotton Candy was first invented, it was known as "Spun Sugar."
|When Louis came home to the flat, he hung up his coat and his hat.
He looked all around, but no one could he find.
O, where can she be at?
A note on the table he spied, he read it just once, then he cried.
It read, Louie, dear, it's too lonesome here, so I took myself a ride.
Meet me in St. Lou, O, Lou, meet me at the Fair,
Don't tell me the lights are shining anyplace but there.
We will dance the hoochie-koochie, I'll be your tootsie-wootsie.
If you meet me in St. Lou, O, Lou.....meet me at the fair.
-- Lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling
|Let me remember as the days grow long,
How brief a time is summer, how sweet her song;
How children delight in the barefoot days,
How the gardens grow in the hot sun's rays;
How excitement fills the air
On opening day of the county fair.
From early freshness through the heat of noon,
To lingering twilight......summer goes too soon.
-- Mabel Gabbott
|The Herkimer County Fair
Get your bees a buzzin, get up out of that chair,
Come on down and have a ball at the Herkimer County Fair.
Eat a sausage and pepper sandwich for a taste that can't be beat,
A snow cone or cotton candy, come and give yourself a treat.
Come into the tent, stamp your feet and clap your hands,
And listen to the music of the country and western bands.
You say you want to have some fun, well, let me tell you straight,
Come on down to the fairgrounds and walk right through that gate!
-- Clark Mosher