Oh America. You are a country with so many problems, but you sure do love to celebrate what you’ve got. I grew up in a small town called Granville in the Midwest (aka the part of America that is all flat and full of cornfields). Our town only has a couple thousand residents, but it’s within a thirty minute drive of a decently sized city. One of the great things about growing up in a small town is the cool things that small towns do, especially when they are towns that tend to have a lot of school age children. The two greatest holidays in Granville were always Halloween – when you could go door to door asking for candy at any of the dozens of elaborately decorated houses downtown – and fourth of July, when we somehow managed to put together a giant fair with rides, fireworks, fair food, and a huge parade. Luckily, I was home this year for the fourth, so you can get a glimpse into the celebration!
Also, may I just add that everything that I took a picture of has been almost exactly the same for the past twenty years. Same rides. Same food vendors. Same fair games. Same groups in the parade.
The fun and games:
Classic American fair food:
Some highlights from the parade: