i haven’t spent much time at fairs over the years. every 4th of July growing up my town would have a big parade, ending at a sort of ‘mid-way’, with games, food, maybe a ride (or bouncy slide) and music. my dad’s band played for more years than i can remember, and it was an event not to be missed. and to top it off there were fireworks, of course! when i read a little news story about the pending OR state fair i decided i needed to go. luckily i convinced ryan to go with me. it was so much fun we went two weekends in a row. it was a welcome escape from the city!