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NPR Road Trips: Fairs and Festivals


NPR Road Trips: Fairs and Festivals


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  • Step right up as the gates swing open at fairgrounds across the USA. This delightful collection explores the unique joys of the public gatherings that take place in cities and small towns, when people of all stripes and sizes meet to gawk at cows, ponder seed art, get hypnotized, compete in husband-calling contests, and eat virtually anything on a stick.

    Farming, food, politics, parades, shilling, glad-handing, people-watching, and silliness are celebrated here. If you’ve been to a fair or festival, you’ll love this collection. If you haven’t, here’s what you’ve been missing.

  • Introduction by Noah Adams

    Garrison Keillor at the Minnesota State Fair

    Postcard: Texas State Fair

    A Break from Politics at the County Fair

    Hard Work, Some Play at the Iowa State Fair

    Swine Bring “Olympig” Racing to County Fairs

    Postcard: Collectibles at the Fair

    “Lovey” Replaces “Sooey” in Husband-Calling Contest

    The Minnesota State Fair on a Stick

    Voices from the National Cornbread Festival

    Iowa’s Butter Cow Lady

    Competitive Wood Chopping in West Virginia

    Mountain View Folk Festival

    Melvin the Human Blockhead

    The Phelps of Food Canning

    The Funnel Cake King

    On the Midway: A Fairbanks Carnival

    Lost and Found Sound: Carnival Talkers

  • ISBN-13:9781611746754

    Format: CD

    Publisher: HighBridge Company

    Publication date:06/05/2012

    Unabridged, 1 hour