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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Hot summer parches state fairs

Posted By on Sun, Aug 5, 2012 at 6:59 AM

A WINNER: Arkansas fair's time for blue ribbons is the cooler fall.
  • A WINNER: Arkansas fair's time for blue ribbons is the cooler fall.

A WINNER: Arkansas fairs time for blue ribbons is the cooler fall.
  • A WINNER: Arkansas fair's time for blue ribbons is the cooler fall.
Thank goodness for Arkansas.

A New York Times story today talks about how the brutal summer of 2012 is burning county and state fairs across the country. Stressed-out farmers and ranchers. Limp vegetables. Skinny livestock.

It's a good chance to say how much I always liked the early fall dates of the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show. Seems like, in the olden days, you could always count on a cold snap for at least one night at the fair. You'd need a jacket for a night in the beer tents. And there's nothing like the smell of spun sugar, candy apples and frying corn dogs on the crisp night air — mixed with a little barnyard aroma, of course.

Mark your calendar: Oct. 12-21.

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