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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: NPR Narrator: Noah Adams Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The NPR Road Trips Series Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781611746761
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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.

Contents:

  • 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

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NPR is a mission-driven, multimedia news organization and radio program producer of news, talk, music, and entertainment programs with a strong base of member stations and supporters nationwide. Since 1971, NPR and its journalists and programs have won hundreds of awards, including some of the most prestigious honors in journalism.

About the Narrator

Noah Adams is a senior correspondent for NPR News. In his current position, he works with NPR’s National Desk to cover stories on the working poor across America. He lives with his wife, Neenah Ellis, a freelance journalist, in Takoma Park, Maryland.