Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Check out this Garrison Keillor essay on state fairs.

The best county fair less than 75 miles from New York, the Orange County Fair, is coming July 23-August 2.

A small rural fair, but worth your curiosity, comes and goes too quickly in Sullivan County’s Grahamsville, August 14-16.

Rhinebeck’s terrific Dutchess County Fair runs August 25-30.

And the great farewell to summer (farewell already?), The New York State Fair, will keep summer going into September, from August 27-September 7.

Yes, summer is already fading. Shabbos candles will get lit earlier beginning this Friday night, July 10, 8:11 p.m. From there we go, week by week, 8:07, 8:02, 7:55… but the fairs are coming, clocks stop, the bare light bulbs come on in the cow shed where the Four-H kids sleep on cots.