What is it about a local fair coming to town? The excitement, the mystique, the thrill of getting on a ride that might make you become violently ill?
Maybe it is the desire to be outside when the heat and humidity create a smoky haze in the air.
Yeah....that is my favorite part. Oh....and the food on a stick.
Possibly it is the allure of the angry, stuffed chili pepper?
Maybe because, getting on a carnival ride with your bestie while loud music is thumping in the background is a ritual of childhood.
Having your hair stand on end is a experience not to be missed.
And, even though you are not a youth yourself, you feel compelled to crouch underneath a ride called, "The Hurricane", while it is going at full speed, just to get a good shot.
Really the most important reason to attend is so your children won't miss this classic experience of childhood.
"If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest, craziest, most dysfunctional family in the world, all you have to do is go to a state fair. Because, five minutes at the fair, you'll be going, 'you know we're alright. We are dang near royalty.' "