Garrison Keillor has a new article in the National Geographic about State Fairs. It is so worth the read. The article is about the food, the livestock, the rides and about the people at State Fairs.
The Fair brings us out of our 'zone' as it were and brings us face to face with one another. About this Keillor says '...Of the Ten Joys... the mingling and jostling, a pleasure that Google and
Facebook can't provide. American life tends more and more to put you in
front of a computer screen in a cubicle, then into a car and head you
toward home in the suburbs, where you drive directly into the garage
and step into your kitchen without brushing elbows with anybody. People
seem to want this, as opposed to urban tumult and squalor. But we have
needs we can't admit, and one is to be in a scrum of thinly clad
corpulence milling in brilliant sun in front of the
deep-fried-ice-cream stand and feel the brush of wings, hip bumps,
hands touching your arm ("Oh, excuse me!"), the heat of humanity with
its many smells (citrus deodorant, sweat and musk, bouquet of beer,
hair oil, stale cigar, methane), the solid, big-rump bodies of Brueghel
peasants all around you like dogs in a pack, and you—yes, elegant you
of the refined taste and the commitment to the arts—are one of these
dogs. All your life you dreamed of attaining swanhood or equinity, but
your fellow dogs know better. They sniff you and turn away, satisfied.'
In an interview about this Keillor states that we all think in our private moments that we are different we are unique --- and when we come to the Fair we see that we are very much apart of a pack. There is something so great about all of this --- how we reduced and at the same time elevated by an experience that requires so little of us other than to show up. Now it has been years --- and I mean years since I have been to a State Fair. Growing up we all went with my Grandfather, cousins and aunts and uncles to the race tracks , Fairs and the rodeos around northern New Mexico. And yes this is about that simplicity of life --- But more so it it about the mingling of lives all together in one area --- one place.