THE DUTCHESS COUNTY FAIR:
Portrait of an American Tradition
text & photographs by Molly Ahearn
foreword by Tom Odak, prologue by Michael Christensen
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A time-honored Hudson Valley tradition since 1842, the Dutchess County Fair is the most popular county fair in New York State. This historical account, illustrated with more than 130 antique and contemporary photographs, maps, and memorabilia, shows why almost a half-million people go through the turnstiles each year. As you savor this book, you’ll remember the thrill of your first carnival ride, the taste of your first milkshake, or the time the 1,000-pound pig got loose. It’s a treasure trove of lively anecdotes and fun facts. Find out what songwriter Don McLean and Teddy Roosevelt have in common. Discover why F.D.R. was fascinated with a horse named St. John the Baptist. Guess if the Curtiss biplane or the 45-horse-powered Fiat won the race around the half-mile horse track. Molly Ahearn’s photographs document profound and humorous scenes alike. Walk with her through the fairgrounds and witness the serenity of a young shepherdess resting her head on her goat’s belly, sense the power of a six-horse harness team racing along the track, laugh at the row of shooters’ derrières as they squirt midway clowns, and share the delight of a toddler driving his own race car. In my youth, I met many enlightened and idiosyncratic artists and thinkers along the Hudson River. Nothing like this has happened to me since and I treasure this time in my life because of these people. Don McLean, recording artist, discovered at the Dutchess County Fair in 1964. Every one of these photographs holds thousands of memories. This is a book I will keep close at hand to share with family and friends, and to remember my own good times at the Dutchess County Fair. Tom Odak, Fair Manager/Secretary, 1979–2006 Molly Ahearn definitely wins the blue ribbon for this wonderful account! Michael Christensen, co-founder of the Big Apple Circus ISBN: 1-883789-55-9 / 978-1-883789-55-8
8.5" x 9.5", 128 pages, 136 photographs, maps & illustrations
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 13 May, 2012.