Monday was “Free for Geezers Day” at the Yellowstone County Fair. For all of you who don’t speak AARP, geezer is defined as anyone over 62 whether you have gray hair or not. “Free for Geezers Day” is kind of like the early bird special at a restaurant in Florida. Arrive between 12 noon and 5 pm and there is no admission charge. Just the kind of deal we like!
From the minute you walk in the gate and “can smell all the hot dogs and french fries they sell” your inner child takes over.
Now there’s certain rules you just gotta follow at the fair. The first place one must go is to the Agricultural Arts buildings. Here displayed it all their glory are the crafts, veggies, jams, pies, cookies, and quilts that all the entrants have been working on since last year’s gathering.
Not everyone can cook, bake, preserve, or quilt so there is a whole building devoted to folks who build stuff and collect stuff.
Okay, now that all the education stuff is behind us, we venture into the animal kingdom.
I don’t know about you, but looking at all that meat walking around just makes a guy hungry, right? And, man, is this the place to be. Especially if you want something on a stick. Bacon wrapped in chocolate on a stick, fried cheese on a stick, pizza roll on a stick, viking on a stick, but, alas, no jalapeno on a stick.
Can’t leave out the entertainment now, can we? All day long, somewhere on the grounds, were musicians, dancers, yodelers, and other live acts.
Remember, you’ve got to wait 30 minutes after eating to go on the rides but, HEY, it’s the fair. Go ahead and go wild. They got things that go up, go down, go around, go slow, go fast, and go high.
Tired of riding? There’s always a few games to throw a fistful of dollars at.
And let us not forget the underlying reason for this whole thing!