Saturday, September 4, 2010
The Advantages of Smaller
The Shenandoah County Fair is small, but charming. The livestock buildings have all types of farm animals and there is always a corner stall reserved for a sow with piglets. The judging ring includes explanations of what makes a prize-winning cow, goat, sheep, etc. The horseback riding and surry racing are always a treat and I love wandering among all the big tractors. We've never gone to the tractor pull or the demolition derby, but I always think about it when I look at the program. And I have interesting conversations with folks, many of whom left northern Virginia and agree that the pace of life and the charm of the people has improved their quality of life over Beltway madness.
The city offers its own appeal for those who like it, but give me country living anytime. And everything here isn't small after all. I saw a 94 pound watermelon at the fair!