The County Fair: An American Tradition

By: Vanessa Nguyen Email
By: Vanessa Nguyen Email

Holmes County, Florida --

County fairs are a long standing American tradition, especially in rural areas like the panhandle, but many have disappeared as less people attend the events. Fairground officials for one local county are hoping new attractions will boost this year’s numbers.

Cloudy weather on October 28 didn’t discourage fairground staff members from hoping for the best.

"It's going to be a real good year this year, it's going to be good," says Fair Manager Clint Erickson.

Erickson says this year’s entertainment selection seems to be increasing their attendance.

"Our attendance this year is actually higher so far this year than it was last year," Erickson says.

The 2010 Holmes county Fair features traditional rides as well as some new ones.

“We have a ride called the 'super shot' which goes up 90 feet and does a sudden drop," Erickson says.

There’s also an indoor exhibit and livestock, like this miniature horse and a four-year-old steer. Weighing more that 3600 pounds, ‘Picatta’ may have set a world record.

"It's all beef; you can take it to the vet, pull the blood and prove it ain't got no steroids in his whole body," Picatta's owner says.

It’s all part of an American pastime which provides a lot of sentimental value for the young and old.

"The fair means a lot to some people, we're away from any kinds of big attractions and things like that and being able to have this on your back doorstep, it means a lot and it means a lot to the kids of Holmes County."

Many county fairs have seen a decrease in attendance in the last few years.

Jackson County cancelled the fair this year.

Erickson is hoping it won’t happen to them.

"We just want to keep it open and keep it alive."

The fair is open until 11pm today, October 29, and Saturday.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children.

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