Monday, September 28, 2009

The FAIR


Its fair time in East Texas (again)
As many of you know, Rudy's mother has a food booth at the fair so we spend lots of hours there helping them. The food is really good and its actually fun to work there and get to see all the people.
This year is weird. The exhibit buildings are near empty. There used to be 3 exhibit buildings with people advertising their wares.: My daddy used to have a booth for Crawford Hollywood Doors, featuring the "Genie" automatic door opener,Insurance companies giving quotes and free pencils and balloons, siding companys with their drawing a day (good way to get your # so they could call you at a later date to try to sell you siding ect...), make-up (Mary Kay, Avon anyone?),new storm windows, COFFEE (I used to work in that one) samples of bread (little loafs) the sheriffs department, the radio stations, the fire department, The 3 exhibit buildings are EMPTY! The mayfair building where they judge art work, arts and crafts, quilts ect...is 1/2 empty. Harvey Hall is about 3/4 full, but nothing like it was in days gone by... There used to be no space for any vendors.

This year there are about as many empty slots as their are taken ones. Some of the vendors that came have already left. The rides are just walk up and get on, no waiting.Noah was the only one riding the train!
Rudy's mom is barely selling enough to stay open.
So many vehicles being vandalized and broken into in the last couple years, people just dont want to take a chance. I feel like this "era" is ending. I think the fair is dying. I am sad...


7 comments:

beckymc said...

I am so sorry to hear that the Fair is not as it used to be. I guess it is like everything else that seems to fade away. Like drive in theathre is gone and the younger generation have no idea how fun they were.

angelonwheels said...

Sorry to hear times are so hard! Thank you for sharing your pics!

Carol said...

I was never a big fan of the fair. But I know a lot of people really enjoy it.

Washer Mom Val said...

Having just experienced our fair in Kansas with record numbers - my heart aches for you! I love the fair and all the buildings with exhibits you described - we just experienced that. Rides - we waited in line and only could do about 4 rides per hour the one day I took the boys.....pray for better times!

Mamaw 2 6 said...

So sorry that it's not going well for Rudy's momma and other small vendors. It really is sad for the one that have always enjoyed the Fair.

Dee said...

It is probably the economy..the fairs in our area in Michigan are suffering. Sad, But i think they will rebound.

Whitney said...

heyyy mom!
in BCIS its boring!
come get me!!!