The 2009 Orange County Fair: The Birds and the Beasts Were There

The 2009 Orange County Fair: The Birds and the Beasts Were There

The more the OC Fair has changed, the more its rites and rituals have stayed the same: It�s not about Weird Al; it�s about weird us. At first glance, the Orange County Fair ain�t nothing like yo� grandpappy�s county fair. Rather than a place where farmers gather to exhibit their livestock and produce, the OC Fair appears dominated by garish carnival rides; equally garish booths hawking everything; and, of course, the scores of booths serving deep-fried, calorie-laden, oh-so-tasty food. But even in its 2009 incarnation, billed as the OC Super Fair with a subtitle of �Think Big,� our fair shares links with the most rural and traditional of offerings. Even in the center of the county, it remains a legitimate example of a community gathering. That is a ritual in and of itself, and there is no end to visual examples of the shared ritual of community at this year�s fair. All text by Joel Beers; Photos by Jennie Warren


The more the OC Fair has changed, the more its rites and rituals have stayed the same: It�s not about Weird Al; it�s about weird us. At first glance, the Orange County Fair ain�t nothing like yo� grandpappy�s county fair. Rather than a place where farmers gather to exhibit their livestock and produce, the OC Fair appears dominated by garish carnival rides; equally garish booths hawking everything; and, of course, the scores of booths serving deep-fried, calorie-laden, oh-so-tasty food. But even in its 2009 incarnation, billed as the OC Super Fair with a subtitle of �Think Big,� our fair shares links with the most rural and traditional of offerings. Even in the center of the county, it remains a legitimate example of a community gathering. That is a ritual in and of itself, and there is no end to visual examples of the shared ritual of community at this year�s fair. All text by Joel Beers; Photos by Jennie Warren
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