Synopses & Reviews
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 youve been to a fair or festival, youll love this collection. If you havent, heres what youve been missing.
“This collection of NPR features starts off with Garrison Keillors comments about the crowds people have to brave if they actually go to a fair. Listeners dont have to, though. They can sit back and hear the sounds.”
“Lots of fun. . . . I rate this audiobook 5 stars out of 5.”
From butter sculptures to deep-fried beer, swine races to pickle politics, NPR presents the biggest, best, and weirdest sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Americas annual ritual.
About the Author
NOAH ADAMS is an American broadcast journalist and author, known primarily for his more than thirty years of experience on National Public Radio. A former co-host of the daily All Things Considered program, he has also served as senior correspondent at the network's National Desk.Internationally acclaimed, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 26.4 million listeners weekly, and, unlike other media, NPRs audience continues to grow. NPR member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction by Noah AdamsGarrison Keillor at the Minnesota State FairPostcard: Texas State FairA Break from Politics at the County FairHard Work, Some Play at the Iowa State FairSwine Bring “Olympig” Racing to County FairsPostcard: Collectibles at the Fair“Lovey” Replaces “Sooey” in Husband-Calling ContestThe Minnesota State Fair on a StickVoices from the National Cornbread FestivalIowas Butter Cow LadyCompetitive Wood Chopping in West VirginiaMountain View Folk FestivalMelvin the Human BlockheadThe Phelps of Food CanningThe Funnel Cake KingOn the Midway: A Fairbanks CarnivalLost and Found Sound: Carnival Talkers