I have a special place in my heart for county fairs – they are magical places. As a kid, I counted down the days till our tiny local county fair like most kids countdown to Christmas. Every year I combed the fair entry catalog, making lists of things to enter, and spent my summer days working on crafts, baking cookies and cakes, growing vegetables, and canning jams. I also showed some sheep, a pig, and a beef steer that I raised as 4-H and FFA projects. And of course, I entered photos in almost every category. I still have all my ribbons and trophies, and a scrapbook full of wonderful memories.
Last month, I had the amazing opportunity to shoot the Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Maryland as part of the official photographer team. It was the fair’s 150th anniversary. There is always plenty to see and do at the fair, whether you love the animals, the modern and antique farm equipment, the farm and garden exhibits, the baked goods, or the craft and photography entries. And of course there are the concerts, a ton of tasty food to enjoy, and the fun and excitement of the midway with its carnival atmosphere. It’s a photographer’s paradise, and a really great adventure.
If you haven’t been to a fair for awhile, consider spending some time at the Great Frederick Fair next fall, or visit other fairs and festivals near you. And check out all the official photos from the 2012 Great Frederick Fair here.