September 9, 2016
Poetry Friday--At the Hopkinton Fair
Last weekend saw the 101st Hopkinton State Fair take place in, where else, Hopkinton, NH. For reasons unknown, in the 40 years I've lived in the state I've never attended the Hopkinton Fair, but 2016 changed all that. My daughter, grandson, and I headed there bright and early Sunday morning so we could avoid the crowds and the afternoon sun. By time we left four hours later, there was plenty of both sun and crowds!
Fellow New Hampshire-ite and Poetry Friday regular, Matt Forrest, is the "voice" of the fair. That is, he does the announcing of activities and events taking place. I tracked him down as he wandered the fairgrounds (he does his announcing, not in a booth, but from wherever he is). We made quick introductions and talked a little about the children's book biz before Matt was on his way again. My daughter took this photo of us:
If you've never been to a fair, here's what you can expect:
Farm animals. Real.
Prize-winners in just about every category including canned goods.
Food and drink.
I kept telling myself a baked potato was the healthier choice, however, there's very little about this loaded potato that is healthy! (I enjoyed every bit of it!)
And a bit of the unexpected! In this case, diving dogs!
This little guy enjoyed his first visit to the fair:
Our fair excursion was a success, so, that means, in another few weeks, we head down to Springfield, MA for The Big E!
I'm sure there will be a blue-ribbon harvest of poetry at The Poem Farm--head over for this week's Round-Up!
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