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.

About "midway" through her reign as the 2014 Garrett County Agriculture Fair is Kaya Rinker, who was promoted to that royal position during a ceremony on Sunday, held in the Ag Heritage Hall at the fairgrounds in McHenry. She is pictured above left, moments after receiving the crown from the 2013 queen Jenny Jones, also pictured. Kaya is the 17-year-old daughter of Kenny and Monica Rinker of Oakland. The first runner-up in the queen contest was Miranda Rounds of Avilton, and the second runner-up was Carley Sisler, Friendsville. Her Highness Kaya will oversee all of the fair festivities until it closes late Saturday evening. Photo by Lisa Broadwater. Be sure to check out the rest of today's paper by clicking on the "Your Virtual Newspaper" link above.