All’s fair in Shelby County

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By Lisa King

Some things never change, and that’s good when they’re the stuff that memories are made of — like munching on funnel cakes or sucking on an ice cold snow cone while the summer sweat streams down your back. Or the feeling of your hair whipping around your face as you’re whirled around and upside down to the accompaniment of screams of delight.


The Shelby County Fair, marking its 149th anniversary, has a lot to offer this year, as usual, with its pageants, carnival rides, tractor pulls, horse shows, livestock and floral exhibits and even a rodeo coming Friday night. And let’s not forget the yummy treats, the smells of kettle corn, hotdogs, caramel apples and cotton candy wafting through the air.

“We got off to a slow start, but we’re start to get cranked up,” said Obie Newton at his kettle corn booth.

Meanwhile, over at Floral Hall, Linda Clemmons, Doris Burk and Paula Moore worked hard to keep the cake and pie exhibits freshly covered, including a blue-ribbon winning coconut cake submitted by Jeanne Kemper.

So continue to enjoy the fun the midway, the intrigue of carnival games, the award winning entries and, of course, all that delicious fair food through Saturday.