The Fair has a long history and place in American culture. The first American fair is believed to have been 200 years ago in Pittsfield, MA in 1807. Originally Fairs had an educational focus revolving mostly around agriculture and husbandry with many new technologies and developments in farming techniques being exhibited. Agriculture remains a central part of Fairs in America today with farm equipment displayed but with more of a focus on regional farmers showcasing their abilities and techniques by participating in livestock competitions.
Another central aspect of Fairs has become the various amusement rides and food. People from all over the region and from all demographics gather at the fairs to enjoy the rides creating a mixing bowl of cultures. The food found at Fairs is so unique that it’s almost it’s own category. Much of it can be eaten without utensils while walking around and generally it isn’t considered very healthy. Consisting of a lot of deep fried treats like funnel cakes or deep fried Oreos and sugar filled lemonade and sweet tea. Fairs are often held in the later summer months and sometimes into early fall when students are out of school and can be places where youth gather with friends or bring dates late into the cool evenings.