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More Than Fair

When was the last time you saw a live Demolition Derby?

I live, work, and normally entertain myself in the city – but everyone could use a little country culture every now and again. Even though the Reds were in town and it was Salsa Night on the Square, I visited the Hamilton County Fair tonight. I went to support my parents, who entered quilts and photographs (and brought home ribbons I might add) but ended up spending hours there and really enjoying myself.

Photos by S.L. Hanners

I won’t tell you everything that’s there – you’ll have to find that out for yourself. Instead I give you the top 10 list of things you MUST DO at the Hamilton County Fair.

  1. Ride the flying ice cream truck.
  2. Board a retro classic (and very aerodynamic looking) bus.
  3. Pet a piglet.
  4. Watch cars wreck into each other until only one driver is standing.
  5. See a vintage boat that appeared in the James Bond movie “Live and Let Die”.
  6. Learn where milk comes from and try it yourself.
  7. Check out the new ‘Go Green’ display.
  8. Buy a telephone booth.
  9. Avoid horse droppings.
  10. Discover something new about where you live.

The price is right – $8 each gets you into the exhibits, demonstrations, the grandstand entertainment, and all the rides on the fairgrounds. Last but not least, I was impressed to see – wait for it – recycling bins available at a festival in town. Finally someone is giving us a place to put those empty plastic soda and beer bottles! Even the biggest festivals in the city haven’t achieved that feat yet. Way to go Hamilton County Fair, you’re more than fair in my book!!

The Hamilton County Fair continues through August 15th. Find out more at their website.

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By Randy A. Simes

Randy is an award-winning urban planner who founded UrbanCincy in May 2007. He grew up on Cincinnati’s west side in Covedale, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s nationally acclaimed School of Planning in June 2009. In addition to maintaining ownership and serving as the managing editor for UrbanCincy, Randy has worked professionally as a planning consultant throughout the United States, Korea and the Middle East. After brief stints in Atlanta and Chicago, he currently lives in the Daechi neighborhood of Seoul’s Gangnam district.