Fair time

Porterville Recorder - - HERITAGE - Slim Ran­dles Slim Ran­dles is a hu­morist and au­thor of “Home Coun­try.” His new book “Strange Tales of Alaska” is now avail­able as a Kindle book on Ama­zon.

It’s fair time again. Time for dreams to come true and for dis­ap­point­ments to tem­po­rar­ily sweep through our lives. But the dis­ap­point­ments can’t re­ally get much of a pur­chase, be­cause there’s too much fun go­ing on.

Last year’s sur­prise win­ner of the quilt­ing com­pe­ti­tion, Windy Wilson, didn’t win this year, but he was ‘hon­or­ably men­tioned,’ which is pretty good for an old cow­boy and camp cook. Windy was hav­ing a deep-fried turkey leg later. When the boys from the Mule Barn found him, and com­mis­er­ated with him on his lack of a blue rib­bon, he just told them, “Boys, I got hon­or­ably men­tioned this here year, and when you jest con­sider all them nee­dle ladies I go up against, ain’t bad. Ain’t bad a-tall.”

Doc has a bot­tle of his home­made wine in the ac­tion this year, but the rest of the mem­bers of the world-dilemma think tank think Doc’s vino is go­ing to tank. They’ve sam­pled it be­fore. Doc even had Dewey bring over a pickup load of fer­til­izer last spring for his grapevines.

But when he’d an­nounced this one morn­ing at cof­fee, Steve leaned over and whis­pered in Bert’s ear, “Bet­ter off eat­ing the fer­til­izer and pour­ing that wine on the rose bushes.”

Dud was qui­eter than usual at the turkey leg get to­gether. He could prob­a­bly en­ter the ac­cor­dion-play­ing com­pe­ti­tion, but he wasn’t even close to be­ing good enough to give the oth­ers a run for their money. His book, well, it might not be pub­lished for years yet. And there wasn’t a book-writ­ing con­test at the fair, any­way.

But it’s fair time, and there’s just so much time to en­ter­tain dis­ap­point­ments be­fore they are swept away by the happy screams of chil­dren com­ing from the mid­way, and the looks of pride when a young per­son brings a beau­ti­ful an­i­mal into the show ring to be judged.

Be­sides, where else can you find a deep­fried turkey leg?

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