We are back [sort of]

As I mentioned in my most recent post back in May, health issues have prevented us from traveling for almost a year now. But early this month we were able to make a short overnight trip to a memorial service for a friend. Now we hope to take additional short trips around Ohio, our home state.

Our first such venture in many months was to the Delaware County Fair. We appreciate local small fairs and attended one near where we lived in Florida, but it lacked the old flavor of an agricultural fair. A little better was the Oklahoma State Fair, but we were there for the Sugar Arts Competition [click here]. Our favorite was probably the North Dakota State Fair, a true farmers’ fair with sheaves of wheat, the latest equipment and lots of animals on display as well as inexpensive entertainment. But that was in 2000 long before I had any thoughts of blogging as was our visit to the Hunt County, Michigan Fair a couple years later.

Despite many old industries, a strong health care, insurance and finance history and the recent announcement of the construction of a computer chip factory, the agriculture sector still contributes over $98 billion to the Ohio economy. So the little Delaware County Fair may have lacked the scale of the Idaho State Fair, but it was a good one.

This guy was cute.

We were amused at these little guys.

Alie always liked seeing exotic poultry.

We walked around other animals before pausing in the shade for something to drink and then heading for the carnival to get some fair food from one of many food trucks. Our fresh hot soft pretzel and hot dog inside a pretzel were better than fair.

Of course, there were carnival rides. There is also a race track famous for the Little Brown Jug race, a harness race for three-year-old pacing standardbred horses and one of the premier such races in the country. Delaware was one of the earliest places in the country to have organized horse races.

Date of our visit: 20 Sep 22

Click on photos to enlarge and see descriptions.

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About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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16 Responses to We are back [sort of]

  1. Emil Oltean says:

    RAY: Great, well organized, and interesting commentary on your encore return to “We’re on the road again”. Happy trail’s good friends….. Emil “O”

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  2. Joy says:

    I love the old fashion county fairs. The 4H kids are so excited about the thought of showing their animal, and then when they show that animal they are so serious. I guess I am just an old farm kid ( we didn’t live on a farm but the farm was at the bottom of the road and owned by my cousin ). Glad you are able to travel again – enjoy!

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  3. Barry Cooperstein says:

    May your health improve.

    My last fairs over the past ten years were big on fried junk food, rickety amusement rides, and very small on the farm stuff that used to be central.

    The world we loved is gone.

    Oh, well.

    Barry

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    • ralietravels says:

      Hey, this is the first I have heard from you in how many years/decades. Hope you are doing well. I was still involved in politics but just as an observer and commentator in Florida and now don’t even have that role in Ohio.

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      • Barry Cooperstein says:

        Actually e-mailed maybe 2-3 years ago when I was looking up the good people I met in DC way back when. Nice that we’re still above ground.

        That’s when I signed up for your “travels.”

        Still have place in Harper’s Ferry?

        Barry

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  4. N N says:

    I particularly love fairs! Thank you for posting!

    Sent from my iPhone

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  5. leggypeggy says:

    How fun. This is the tail end of country fair season in the USA.

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  6. adamhalevi says:

    Great to have you back Ray, and some seriously cute animals!

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  7. Welcome back & thx for sharing the wonderful pictures!

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  8. Dave Ply says:

    I can’t say I’ve been to many state fairs. I’ve never been to Oregon’s. Minnesota has a doozy, or at least it did 50 years ago.

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  9. Loraine Beckman says:

    I know what you mean about health issues and travel. Just had some lower back surgery and that was successful 2 weeks ago but came up with pinched nerve. X-ray & Dr appt tomorrow morning. Infusions for Arthritis once a month for the last 3 years. Had to quit 6 weeks before and after surgery. In the meantime, arthritis is rapidly gaining. Osteo they say nothing can be done but infusions for the Rheumatoid are there. Alie, I do understand and pray we can get some credible help. Jaimie has given his all in the wY of help and so has Andrea. I’m very blessed. Hopefully we will get some trips in pretty soon. Much love to you both.

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  10. Sue Slaght says:

    Great to hear that you are able to travel a bit again. Wonderful to be out and about. such fun to see the animals and be part of the excitement. Here at many such fairs one of the most popular foods are mini donuts. Is that an option there?

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    • ralietravels says:

      When we left the tented picnic areas, I turned immediately left looking for the mini-donuts I had seen on the way end. I made an entire circuit of the food trucks surrounding the carnival coming back to the place I started — there were the donuts. If only I had not been looking left when I started…😁

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