County agriculture fairs are indeed as American as apple pie, even though the number of them throughout the nation continues to dwindle. However, the 58th annual Garrett County Agriculture Fair is as strong as ever and currently under way at the fairgrounds in McHenry. Towering over the grounds and clearly the most visible ride of the midway is the 100-foot Ferris wheel, upon which are thousands of lights that provide a continuous, dazzling light show of spinning color after the sun goes down. The fair will continue through Saturday evening, and a $10 fee covers unlimited rides on some two dozen spinning machines, coasters, swings, and the classic carousel. The fair also features hundreds of displays, booths, games, competitions, and a wide variety of food items for purchase, and will culminate with the annual livestock auction Saturday night. Photo courtesy of Marvin Beckman.
Today is July 31, 2014.