What says “fall” more than a rural fall fair? You may argue for fallen leaves, bonfires, or canning that last hundred pounds of tomatoes, but a fall fair definitely ranks up there.
So when I was writing Team Bride, the Riverbend novella set in autumn, it seemed the fall fair would be a natural setting for a date. Last week was our valley’s fall fair, so I thought I would share some photos that made me think of Team Bride.
At our fall fair, there are always plenty of exhibitions for children from preschoolers through teens, ranging from art and photography through patriotic displays like this one about Canada. (The Riverbend Romances take place in Canada, you know!)
Garden produce, canning, cake baking/decorating, and other “kitchen crafts” are also celebrated… and judged. I should apply to judge the cookies and cakes next year.
The tallest sunflower plants are always impressive! Yes, that’s my son, daughter-in-law, and three-year-old granddaughter admiring the sunflowers. Vegetable and fruit sculptures are also fun.
My granddaughter was very excited to see the animals, whether 4-H club or not. That is, until a goat bleated at her from a meter away. After that, she wanted Dad or Mom to keep her safe.
In Team Bride, the fall fair also has carnival rides and a midway. In our town, those don’t happen concurrently, but it seemed to make a better story!
Have you been to a rural fall fair? What was your favorite part?
Ann Ellison says
Our area has a fall fair called the West Texas Fair. My favorite part is the Tractor Pull. My son-in-law and grandson. I know this is something most fairs don’t have. I also enjoy the homemade quilts exhibit. Enjoyed your pictures.
Valerie Comer says
Tractor pulls are popular in some areas, for sure. 🙂 And there was a lovely quilt exhibit at our fair, too.