Barnstable County Fair

July 17, 2010 by staff 

Barnstable County FairBarnstable County Fair:East Falmouth - six hundred kilos ago, Dubby ran for his life in a pig fight in Maine. In the three years since it captured the pig in a sack of grain, Dennis Jackie May has grown along with two Dubby and the county fair.

Yesterday, May 9 year old was Dubby hose and wash and several other pigs in preparation for the Barnstable County Fair, which begins today. For the family of May, the county fair is just a family event. It’s a lifestyle.

“Livestock is a way of life, helping to raise children well,” said Jackie May’s mother, Laura McDowell May, which showed at the fair of horses while growing up in Dennis. “It’s a wonderful way to raise a family.”

In preparation for the fair of eight days, McDowell-May saw his daughters and friends to clean the stables neighboring the Barnstable County Fair Livestock Barn. He described the virtues of the attention and respect he gained, while herding his family in his youth.

“Some kids come here because they like to cooperate and learn about animals,” his daughter said yesterday. “But I like working and scrub down.”

Through July 24 pigs in the May family will join a display of exotic birds and marsupials in Australia, along with a concert at 7:30 pm tonight for the people of the village and a demolition derby Wednesday . The fair opens daily at noon and close at 11:30 hours, although the doors will close at 10 pm

Due to economic struggles, the fair this year has been reduced to nine a week. But Wendy Brown, general manager of the fair, said the decision to release part of the fair and about 1 million budget for additional entertainment, like a monster truck show on Thursday and Friday Gin Blossoms concert at 7: 30 pm

“We were trying to find things we’ve never done before,” said Brown. “One of the things that people have problems with is that it is business as usual. We are trying to bring new things to our customers enjoy.”

But these additions are not at the expense of traditional contests. Yesterday, houseplants and vegetables were judged and awarded ribbons in anticipation for visitors who look at the 20-pound squash and other crops winners.

By age 89, of Marston Mills Dick Kay, the fair provides an opportunity to meet old friends and remember her husband, Frank, who served as president of the Barnstable County Fair Association before his death in 1992.

“He was from Pennsylvania, and they all had farms out there,” said Dick, superintendent of the food and the produce section. “It was in his blood. Just loved him.”

Section assistant superintendent Judy Collins, said he believes the experience so rewarding that she just uses his vacation time each year to volunteer.

“It renews the whole world,” said Collins, who enjoys catching up with old friends at the fair. “It’s amazing how these young people begin to arrive and wants to get involved.”

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