Agricultural fairs once allowed farmers to engage in the fruitful exchange of information and innovation. Now they're just an excuse to gorge on fried dough and overpay for worthless crap.
Noticed how the food at your local carnival has recently gotten more inventive and delicious in the past few years? You can thank concessionaire chef Abel Gonzalez Jr.
The bizarre state fair tradition of butter sculpture began nearly 150 years ago with an Arkansas farm woman who dreamed of becoming a legit artist, carving neoclassical tableaux in cow fat. And yet all we have now is butter busts of 1991-era John...