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How the hell did this happen

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The Howard County Fair opens this weekend 8/3 and yours truly is eligible for the senior discount. I remember going to the fair as a teen. Working at the fair in my early 20’s at the Times Information booth. Yeah, we had the PA system also.

I went there with my better half for years. We then took our children there. I’ve gone in recent years with my children and their spouses. Sometimes alone recently for nostalgia and to grab a few images. And maybe next year I’ll be taking my granddaughter to it.

Pumpkin from Bumpkin Yes that is a full-size skid under it. Photo by Mike Hartley

I don’t know how so much time passed so fast but it has. And I’m thankful for it because that means I’ve been a very lucky man to live, enjoy and witness these and many other wonderful moments with my family and friends.

A pair of my favorites. Photo by Mike Hartley

Sometimes I wonder now if the fair will survive. Farms seem to be on the menu of developers. How many people in million-dollar homes enjoy the smell of farm animals or parking their high-end car in a field. But in some ways, the fair seems as strong as ever. I hope it never fades away. I hope it’s there to have families wander hand in hand. Take their children on rides. Eat a good pit beef sandwich and other heart-stopping treats. For youngsters on a date. For grandparents to take their grandchildren. To get some fresh fruit or corn.

Who knows, maybe that tractor you saw caught your eye and you just have to have it to cut that huge yard. Try making it a tradition, it might not be your favorite of all of them but it will be one that brings a smile to your face.

Ferris B. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • So there is money in playing video games.
  • Feeling in tune today for some strange reason. Maybe it’s because I had the day off from the job that pays the bills. Very sweet indeed. The body has been moving all morning to some music.
  • Light on my feet. Quick with a smile. Lyrics flowing off my tongue. The hair on my neck standing on end with flashbacks to my youth or a live concert. Damn, I’m relaxed today.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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