Essays taken from a weekly newspaper column published in the Washington County News, Washington, Kansas. Look for my book, "Dispatches From Kansas," available from Amazon.com, or from the author.
Nice work Tom, as always. The Union County fair is coming up in a few weeks here in Oregon. I'm am curious to see how it compares to a Kansas county fair. Could be interesting, though. A mountain lion we seen at the fairgrounds here a few weeks ago. I'm not sure if it can be entered in the cat show.
Thanks, Tod. I really like how the Marshall County Fair retains its small-town atmosphere with an emphasis on its rural roots. It might not be as big and glitzy as those in counties with larger populations, but it makes up for it with friendly people that make you feel right at home. In fact, I'd say it was a good antidote to the latest news. The fair was a community coming together to celebrate. Documenting its 100th anniversary was an honor, and exciting in its own way, even if we don't have mountain lions looking for a snack.
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