Fair August

IMG_9907(August 29, 2016) Correct me if I’m wrong, but I remember a Simon and Garfunkel song in which they sang: “August, die she must.”  Indeed, the eighth month is as ephemeral as the other eleven.  Has to be.  That’s the way time rolls.  And here in Michigan, school children are rolling through their last week of summer vacation before the dreaded school bell tolls for them on September 6.  I remember all too well these last days of summer vacation.  Oh, how we wanted them to last. We wanted to squeeze every fluid ounce of Kool Aid out of them and never let the magic end.  But end it must.  And so, as Labor Day looms, let us look back with fondness on the fair month of August, particularly on the fairest of all the August fairs: the Berrien County Youth Fair in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Here are some lasting images of fair August for as the days of summer slip, slide away:

Swinging the Fair away.

Swinging the fair away.

Of course they got a ribbon.

Of course they got a trophy.

"Here's lookin' at you, kid."

“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.”

A song of summer on the midway.

A song of summer on the midway.

Tractor pull, kid style.

Tractor pull, kid style.

Como se llama, llama?

Como se llama, llama?

I'll be your goat.

I’ll be your goat.

Natalie wanted nothing to do with this ride. Gee, I wonder why?

Natalie wanted nothing to do with this ride.

A fair moon in August.

A fair moon in August.

A fair flower.

A fair flower.

Hands out at the fair.

Hands out at the fair.

A fair pair o' pigeons.

A fair pair o’ pigeons.

Nothing runs like a Deere.

Nothing runs like a Deere.

Serious horsin' around at the fair.

Serious horsin’ around at the fair.

Not so serious horsin' around at the fair.

Not so serious horsin’ around at the fair.

That's all, folks.  See you next August at the fair.

That’s all, folks. See you next August at the fair.

 

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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