Around these parts we’re gearing up for the biggest week of the year: fair week. No kidding, meetings are rescheduled, out of town family finally cash in their vacation time and make the trip out, and kids pack up their sleeping bags to spend seven days camped out in stalls next to their prize heifers. Not to mention all the carnie games, fried food, and somewhat questionable rides you can feel sick on. Honestly, it may mean the end of summer is nigh, but what better way to go out?
COUNTY FAIR Hand Printed Letterpress Poster by YeeHaw. $25. YEEHAW! Bring on the pig racing, squirrel tossing, mule sniffing, and, of course, the malt liquor! What could embody the flat out ridiculous awesomeness of the county fair better than this kickin’ poster? Hand printed with antique typography and a flat out amazing sense of humor, we can’t lie-this baby is on our favorites list. Now if you’ll excuse us, we hear Earl the signing chicken is about to go on….
15 Vintage Carnival Tickets by PaperSymphony. $1.50 for 15. There was nothing better than the beginning of the Fair, when you had a couple dozen ride tickets clutched in your grubby little hands. You’ve run through the cow barns, stopped over at the 4-H barn to see if you’d won a ribbon with your jelly, and now…now it was time for the FUN to start! Whether you use these tickets for scrapbooking, mixed media, or as a happy little memento of simpler days, we’re pretty sure you won’t be able to look at them without a smile on your face and the whiff of fried dough in your nostrils.
Vintage 60’s County Lanz Fair Dress with Bolero Vest by littleveggievintage. $42. When we were kids, one of the most exciting things about Fair week was being able to see all the friends we’d missed all summer. Back to school shopping was done, and usually we’d be able to convince our moms that we really, really needed to wear some of our new clothes to show off how grown up we’d gotten over the last few months…even if they did end up dirty and smelling like cows. But you know what? Now that we’re grown up, we still want to look good at the Fair…it is, after all, the social event of the year. And darn it if this dress wouldn’t make us feel like the the prettiest girl on the fairway. Sweet, simple, and please-check out the listing for the adorable vest-you know we’d win a blue ribbon for style.
County Fair Poultry First Prize Ribbon-Aunt Edna’s Prized Cock by MySelvegedLife. $28. Confession: We never won a ribbon at the Fair, and we sort of never got over that fact. But the good news is, that can be remedied (more or less) with this adorable (and pretty hilarious) necklace. Made out of vintage components and lovely blue Lucite pendants, you’ll be able to be a blue ribbon winner every day of the week…even if you did have to buy your way to the top. (Hey, no worries-you know those cock judging contests are all fixed anyway, right? Right.)