The County Fair
By Baker Street
The green fields were strewn with flowers of red, and gold, and lilac. The
gravel road ran in a brown ribbon, winding through the meadows. It was late
afternoon and the sun was starting to set in the west. A dark-red fiery ball
suspended in glory on the horizon for just a short while longer.
The countryside was spread out green far and wide under the fading pink and
blue sky. A few wisps of tainted clouds drifted high above, as night started to
fall softly. Out in an open field was the sound of people and merriment. The
county fair had come around again, as it did each year at this time. A large
Ferris-Wheel stood in the centre of the grounds, and it was filled with people
which it carried around and around in a circle in the sky.
The Merry-go-round was filled with children riding the toy-horses around and
around. There was a lot of noise here, and the sound of the children’s joyful
shouts. Their parents watched vigilantly, but happily, from the side beyond the
railing. The swings were close by, and here too people were seated and swung
around in a circle on steel cables attached to a centre pole. All over the fair
there were rides filled with people, out for a night of entertainment. Small
cars took people on a track through the ‘House of Horrors’, or a similar ride
close-by could take young lovers through the ‘Tunnel of Love’.
Between the rides and the food-stalls the crowds thronged and looked about
them. Some in a hurry to get somewhere, and others just idling casually about
looking at the people on the rides. It was a place and time for amusement and
happiness, and the people enjoyed themselves as they did each year at the fair.
Colorful clowns capered with pranks and antics among the people, and generally
just made welcome nuisance of themselves. One of them walked around a pair of
stilts, another rode a unicycle with a monkey on his shoulder. The group of
clowns played and performed as they moved through the crowd.
The food stalls sold candy-floss, hot-dogs, and a number of other popular
food and drink. Floating balloons on a string were sold to the children at the
entrance. There were many stalls with games of skill or chance, where one could
win small prizes by competing. The prizes were usually teddy-bears and stuffed
toys, and they were seldom won by the participants.
The fair was noisy as the crowds milled and wandered around. The public
address system occasionally made an announcement over the loud-speakers, and
would then continue playing music. The parking lot was filled to capacity with
The merriment of the fair continued as the night drew on. And from far away
in the fields under the dark, starry sky, one could see the bright glow of the
lights. One could hear from far the hum of people talking and laughing, and hear
the sound of the music.