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August 9, 2013

Welcome to the fair

It is once again the season for carnival rides and livestock competitions at county and state fairs across the country. The first state fair was in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1841 to promote the agriculture industry. Since that time, fairs have evolved to include amusement rides and games, concerts, and demolition derbies. -- Lloyd Young EDITOR'S NOTE: The Big Picture will post again on Wednesday, August 14. ( 45 photos total)

A man stands beneath a ride at the North Dakota state fair on July 27 in Williston, N.D. The western region of North Dakota has seen a rise in crime, automobile accidents and drug usage recently, due in part to the oil boom which has brought tens of thousands of jobs to the region, lowering state unemployment and bringing a surplus to the state budget. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Nick, a 4-H Grand Champion winning goat, peeks up out of it's stall at the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley, N.Y., on July 30. The 171st Cattaraugus County Fair runs through Aug. 4. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) #

Seven-year-old Kaylin Helms is pictured before leading her cow into the kiddie dairy competition during the Great Jones County Fair and Food Fest in Monticello, Iowa, on July 17. Every summer, each of Iowa's 99 counties throws its own fair. Provincial and patriotic, with beauty pageants and demolition derbies, polka dances and daredevil shows, these rural exhibitions reflect the traditional values, and the countrified culture, of America's Heartland. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A man rides a mechanical bull at the North Dakota state fair on July 27 in Williston, N.D. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images) #

Melvin the Wacky Wheeler of Madison entertains the crowd at the Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee on Aug. 7. (John Ehlke/The Daily News via Associated Press) #

People ride the 'Vertigo' ride as the sun sets at the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley, N.Y., on July 30. The 171st Cattaraugus County Fair runs through Aug. 4. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) #

Gabriella Chapman attempts to run Christa the goat through the 4-H obstacle course during the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley, N.Y., on Aug. 1. The 171st Cattaraugus County Fair runs through Aug. 4. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) #

Award ribbons are laid out during the goat and sheep competition at the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley, N.Y., on July 29. The 171st Cattaraugus County Fair runs through Aug. 4. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) #

Madison Coates, 11, cuddles her rabbit, Duke, prior to judging at the LaPorte County fair on July 9 in LaPorte, IN. (Bob Wellinski/LaPorte Herald Argus via Associated Press) #

Fairgoers kiss on the Expo Wheel at the 100th Saginaw County Fair in Chesaning, Mich. on Aug. 1. (Katie Bailey/The Saginaw News via Associated Press) #

Lane Valley, 16, drives a 1944 Farmall tractor in the tractor drive at the 100th Saginaw County Fair on Aug. 2 in Saginaw, Mich. Chesaning Future Farmers of America partnered with the fair to offer the competition, which consisted of a course the driver had to maneuver a tractor and trailer through. (Katie Bailey/The Saginaw News via Associated Press) #

Rob Low, from Manitoba, Canada, participates in an arm wrestling tournament at the North Dakota state fair on July 27 in Williston, N.D. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images) #

Hunter Decatur, 13, of Midland, Mich., wrangles a pig into the weight station at the Bay County Fair in Bay City. (Yfat Yossifor/The Bay City Times via Associated Press) #

Courtney Putz trims the hair on her cow's back after treating it with adhesive to make it stick straight up prior to a heifer competition at the Delaware County Fair in Manchester, Iowa, on July 10. Every summer, each of Iowa's 99 counties throws its own fair. Provincial and patriotic, with beauty pageants and demolition derbies, polka dances and daredevil shows, these rural exhibitions reflect the traditional values, and the countrified culture, of America's Heartland. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Children root for their favorite pig during the Swifty Swine races at the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley, N.Y., on August 1. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) #

Rod Stewart, a Polish Bantam rooster, looks into the camera while on display at a livestock exhibit at the California State Fair in Sacramento, Calif., on July 18 (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press) #

Jacquelyn Slade, 10, of Hampstead, Md. puts the finishing touches on a costume for her cat Sneakers while preparing for the Small Animal Dress Up competition at the Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair in Westminster, Md., on July 28. (Dylan Slagle/Carroll County Times via Associated Press) #

Ariana Garcia, 9, left, and her mother Angela Garcia, of Logantown, react to the first drop of the ride the G-Force during the Lycoming County Fair at the Lycoming County Fair Grounds in Hughesville, Pa., on July 14. The fair will continue with rides, food, entertainment, and livestock competitions through July 20. (Mark Nance/Williamsport Sun-Gazette via Associated Press) #

Fairgoers slouch in their chairs after hypnotist Brian Imbus put them to sleep during a hypnosis show at the Delaware County Fair in Manchester, Iowa, on July 11. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Riders prepare for competition on July 24 during the 186th Annual Mercer County Fair in Harrodsburg, Ky. The 186th Annual Mercer County Fair and Horse Show, sponsored by Whitaker Bank, is the longest running fair and horse show in the United States. (Clay Jackson/The Advocate Messenger via Associated Press) #

Spectators watch opening night fireworks from a grandstand at the Delaware County Fair in Manchester, Iowa, on July 8. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A.J. Hombs sits on a cage during the Boone County Fair Swine Show on July 24 in Columbia, Mo. (Youngrae Kim/The Columbia Missourian via Associated Press) #

Jena Downs, center, waits with other girls to take the stage during a fashion show at the Delaware County Fair in Manchester, Iowa, on July 11. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Blake Morse pedals his tractor right off the track during the 4-H mini pedal pull at the LaPorte County Fair on July 10 in LaPorte, IN. (Bob Wellinski/LaPorte Herald Argus via Associated Press) #

Fairgoers experience the "Extreme" ride at the 100th Saginaw County Fair on Aug. 1 in Chesaning, Mich. (Katie Bailey/The Saginaw News via Associated Press) #

Nevaeh Reed, 12, rides the carousel at the 100th Saginaw County Fair in Chesaning, Mich. (Katie Bailey/The Saginaw News via Associated Press) #

Fireworks explode as people ride the Sky Flyer carnival ride at State Fair Meadowlands on July 3 in East Rutherford, N.J. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press) #

Country music artist Dierks Bentley performs in concert at the Delaware State Fair on July 24 in Harrington, Del. (Owen Sweeney/Invision via Associated Press) #

Seven-year-old Olivia Kent, who goes by the stage name Princess Olivia, swings from a trapeze during a performance by the Kent Family Circus at the Delaware County Fair in Manchester, Iowa, on July 11. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Jarrod Lee, a bareback rider from DeKalb, Ill., makes a hard landing after being tossed by Black Midnight in the World's Toughest Rodeo at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 5. Lee, who plans to be a high school teacher, walked away shaken but unscathed. (Charlie Nye/The Indianapolis Star via Associated Press) #

A combo image made from four separate photographs shows carnival food that fairgoers purchased at the Delaware County Fair in Manchester Iowa. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Little Miss Frederick County Fair contestants from left; Elisa Whitt, 8, DeSiree Hottle, 9, Jayzmon Marsell, 7, Ella Kelchner, 8, and Makenzie Adkins, 9, check out the competition's footwear backstage on July 28 at their pageant in Clear Brook, Va. (Scott Mason/The Winchester Star via Associated Press) #

Zachary Snider, 8, bites into an ear of corn during his visit on the opening day of the California State Fair in Sacramento, Calif., on July 12. The 160th State Fair began it's 17-day run Friday and will close July 28. (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press) #

A young girl receives a princess tiara at the fishing game on the midway at the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley, N.Y., on July 30. The 171st Cattaraugus County Fair runs through Aug. 4. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) #

Taylor Kavanaugh, while getting ready for the pony costume contest, plays with tail end of a pony on July 12 at the Cass County Fair in Pillager, Minn. (Kelly Humphrey/Brainerd Dispatch) #

David 'Kachunga' Castillo tries to catch an American alligator during a performance called 'Kachunga and the Alligator Show' at the Great Jones County Fair and Food Fest in Monticello, Iowa, on July 17. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Fairgoers enjoy a spray from a power washer while enjoying a hot afternoon at the final day of the State Fair Meadowlands, on July 7. (Tyson Trish/The Record via Associated Press) #

Leonard Shatek, right, dances with Leanna Miller during a Polka dance at the Floyd County Fair in Charles City, Iowa, July 18. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Jamie Klatt, center, kicks up dust as he races down a dirt track during a chuck wagon race at the Hardin County Fair in Eldora, Iowa, on July 12. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) #

A boy rides atop his dad's shoulders while walking along the midway at the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley, N.Y., on July 29. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) #

Cattaraugus County Sheriff deputies walk the the midway at the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley, N.Y., on July 30. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) #

Scott Houghton and his dog Jimmie perform at the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley, N.Y., on July 29. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) #

Katie Stang blow-dries her competition sheep with the help of her cousin Daniel Stang outside the 4-H barn at the Cattaraugus County Fair in Little Valley, N.Y., on July 29. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) #

A participant competes in the 4-H Horse Costume Show at the Cattaraugus County Fair. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) #

Kyle Barh stands on the hood of his car and waves his first-place trophy after winning the demolition derby at the Hardin County Fair in Eldora, Iowa, on July 14. Every summer, each of Iowa's 99 counties throws its own fair. Provincial and patriotic, with beauty pageants and demolition derbies, polka dances and daredevil shows, these rural exhibitions reflect the traditional values, and the countrified culture, of America's Heartland. (Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency) #



 
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