We went to the agricultural fair in Cummington, MA this weekend. I believe it is the oldest continuously-running small fair in the country. We brought my nieces with us, and that made it quite a fun time for the kids. There were rides (which I never go on because I get seriously motion sick), all sorts of animals, cattle and horse draws, amazing displays of vegetables and flowers (check out the canning display above), lots of fair food (fresh cut french fries and lemonade were our favorites), entertainers, an antique tractor parade, and much more. I liked the collection of "Pinecones of America" that someone entered in the fair (it won a blue ribbon!). It reminded me of my own recent pinecone making. Also, the bottom photo shows the kids at the Westfield River. It was such a glorious day that we stopped for a swim before the fair.
Two things of note:
(1) There was a demolition derby Friday evening. I have never been to one of these before. It was quite odd watching cars drive around crashing into each other. The kids and my husband thought it quite thrilling. I was worried most of the time about the drivers getting injured. I will not go out of my way to attend such an event again.
(2) There was a small building dedicated to homing pigeons. These birds were so beautiful. There were members of the regional homing pigeon club giving out information and showing off the birds. I was fascinated by the animals and the way they are raced. They can find their way home from over 600 miles away. I don't think I'm going to pick this up as a hobby - but I did admire the birds.
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