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  • Fun, food and family at the fair

    Annual event promises a feast for the senses
  • County fairs are an old tradition — 150 years for Jackson County — with the annual adventure beginning for most in childhood.
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  • CENTRAL POINT— County fairs are an old tradition — 150 years for Jackson County — with the annual adventure starting for most in childhood. It is a unique playground, after all.
    A peculiar yet pleasant aroma of livestock leavings and fried foods are among the first sensations to greet a fairgoer, combined with near frenzy as lines of people are seen at every turn.
    Young Makenzie Hickman can be found doting over her steer named Tank in the livestock area in hopes of being the first to sell him for her 4-H project.
    Elephant ears, funnel cakes, curly fries, snow cones and candied apples are among the goodies typically found at such events offering something of a guilty pleasure for some who leave the vendor with comments like, "I really shouldn't be eating this."
    The rides and games from Butler Amusements is where most of the action can be found. Grown men spinning in circles make futile attempts to hide their look of nausea. Riders must be 48-inches tall for the large ones.
    Teenage girls ride the Vipor, a particularly dizzying ride; with that sour look only teenagers manage while conducting important business on their phones. Cell phones come in handy for parents, too as they are free to play in their way and turn the kiddos loose with a phone to track their wanderings.
    The Drop Zone is a ride highly recommended by the nice grey-haired woman in the ticket booth. This one takes you up five stories in a seat and lets you drop. A less-than-tough scream is difficult to hold back.
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