About a year ago, I signed up to be a part of the Clever Cookie School of Blog, and since then I’ve gotten to be good blogging friends with some incredible bloggers from around the world. Each month on the 10th, some of us form a 10 on 10 photography circle. We share 10 photos from our life – a day of our life, generally – and one of us link from to another, and our visitors make their way around the circle. Some of you may have made your way here from Cathy of Peregrination Gourmande, and if so WELCOME! Others of you will leave me and head on off to visit with Ellen of Potential Psychology.
This month, I’m taking you to my hometown and to the community fair, which is the 50th Anniversary of the fair. My Sner flew in last Thursday and Friday night, she and I made our way north to southwest Missouri to visit with my GrandSner. She’s not been well the last month or so, and the family decided it might be best if we all made the pilgrimage to see her. Earlier today, I shared photos of the three of us – three generations of Hooten/Conrad women, but here we are again.
The Sner and I visited with the GrandSner for a few hours on Saturday afternoon, and while she was having dinner, we decided to go on down to Billings – where we both grew up, where we attended school, and where we made sure to enjoy the Community Fair at the end of every summer.
Billings is a quiet town. The entire time I was growing up, I remember the sign at the city limits said Billings, MO: Population 911. The claim to fame was the baseball state championships and that it was the home to Leon Rausch, the voice of the Texas Playboys. There were signs at the city limits indicating those two things as well as the population.
Part of the fair is always the exhibits – the vegetables that people have grown, their cut flowers, their plants, the things they have canned, their art. I remember my GrandSner always entered things in the community exhibits and she had her ribbons – several blue ribbons – hanging on a little nail stuck in the cabinet above her sink.
One of the neatest things to see was Harry Kloppenburg’s horseless carriage. We were related to Mr. Kloppenburg – distantly – and when I was a kid, we always looked forward to the family reunion that took place at his farm each year. We mainly loved it because he would take us for endless rides in the horseless carriage he built by hand. Seeing it on the stage brought back a ton of memories.
We arrived late to the exhibits, so they were closing shortly after we got there, which meant it was time to make our way over to the carnival. I used to love riding those carnival rides – especially the tilt-a-whirl and the swings. Those were my absolute favorites. When I was little, I had a terror-filled three minute ride on a beast called the Zipper. I was too short to ride, but I was with my brother and his friends – who were all taller than I was. They somehow persuaded the carnie to let me on. The problem was that my legs weren’t long enough to fit under the bottom restraints. As the zipper started off and began to spin and turn upside down, I slide out of my restraints and swung wildly back and forth from the seat to the ceiling, crashing into the roof and slamming back down on to the seat. My brother’s friends tried to grab me and hold me down, but the force of gravity and momentum kept ripping me away from them. I screamed and laughed and was lucky to not wind up with a concussion.
There was no Zipper at this year’s fair, and truth be told, knowing what I know about inspections and how those rides go together…or don’t…I would never get on any of those rides today…nor would I let my child on one of them.
And then there were the rides for the smaller babies. There is something terribly sweet and endearing about miniature rides and tiny people riding them.
There are more photos from the fair – but I’ve already gone over my 10 for this post. Check back tomorrow and Saturday for photos from the Truck and Tractor Pull and a few other images. You know you’re curious about the Tractor Pull.
Now that you’ve been through my post, make sure that you head over and visit Ellen for her post this month. Leave her a little love and make your way around the circle until you’ve come back to me!