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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sad City Travels: Addison County Fair

With the Big E underway, fair season is in full swing in New England. While fairs are pretty fun everywhere, they seem a little more fun in rural Vermont. Included in the afternoon, a tractor show, a tractor pull, an arm wrestling contest including a female division, and food, lots of food. Consumed during the afternoon; ribs, a pulled pork sandwich, a maple doughnut, (lots and lots of maple, which means lots and lots of great) fried dough, and the topper of them all, the harbinger to hardened arteries, maple fried bacon. Sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind.

This is fried maple bacon. This tastes good. Really, really good.

The women's arm wrestling was compelling. Some of the farm girls were actually pretty attractive. All of them would be capable of physically manhandling us like we were rag dolls.

 The male arm wrestlers were huge. No one drank oil. We will not be entering the tournament next summer.

Tractor pulls are pretty questionable. Standing in front of the tractor pull is downright silly.

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