One of my most celebrated times of the year comes late in August, when the heat is usually unbearable in Ohio. Last year, Dave introduced me to the Portage County Randolph Fair. It does not have the same pomp and circumstance of the Ohio State Fair, but it certainly out measures the Summit County fair, of which I experienced growing up. City fairs tend to be stale and forced. But Portage County has real farms, with International and Deere tractors, horses, beef cattle and the like. The corn rows here stretch for miles, and where there is no corn, there is soy. While the area may not be nestled amidst the flat lands out West, this is the start of farm country in Ohio.
At some tiny fairground in near Marysville outside of Columbus, I went to my very first tractor pull. It was love at first pull. Since then, I have made a point to attend at least one pull a year. It is an addiction – and so needed to be quelled again under a blazing, setting sun this past Friday.