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    Throwback fairs!

    With county fair season just around the corner, take a nostalgic look back at vintage pictures of fairs past.

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    With county fair season just around the corner, here's a look back at vintage pictures of fairs past. Prices may have gone up, but the essence of the fair has always stayed the same.

    Boys count their change to enter a circus slideshow at an unidentified country fair, 1920.

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    Wild wild West(chester) -

    On the grounds of the Westchester County Fair in the northern suburbs of New York City.

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    First place -

    A winner at the Delta County Fair, Colorado 1939.

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    Giant vegetables -

    Undated photo at The Custer County fair exhibit, Broken Bow, Nebraska.

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    Riding high -

    Children enjoy a ride at the Delta County Fair in Colorado, 1940.

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    Test your strength -

    A high striker, also known as a strongman game or strength machine, at a county fair in central Ohio, 1938. Step right up!

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    Ticket time -

    Purchasing tickets at a county fair, central Ohio, 1938.

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    Hold your horses -

    Livestock display, Champaign County Fair, Ohio, 1938.

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    Snack time -

    Refreshment stand at county fair, central Ohio, 1938. (Hopefully the food is better than the spelling.)

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    Downtime -

    Resting at the Imperial County Fair, California, 1942.

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    Unusual attractions -

    County fair, central Ohio, 1938

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    Ranchers rest -

    Cattlemen at the Imperial County Fair, California, 1942.

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    Spectators -

    Girls at the Imperial County Fair, California, 1942. (Too bad we don't what they're reacting to!)

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    Out for a spin -

    A vintage version of the Tilt-A-Whirl, one of the best-known carnival rides, at the Imperial County Fair, California, 1942.

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    Horticulture -

    Garden goodies on display at the Custer County fair, Broken Bow, Nebraska, 1886.

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    Kiddie rides -

    Children ride in the cars at the Greene County fair in Greensboro, Georgia, 1941.

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    Sharing the fun -

    At the Greene County fair, Greensboro, Georgia, 1941.

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    Joy ride -

    Men ride on a car at the Imperial County Fair, California,1942.

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    On the midway -

    Visitors enjoy the rides at the Greene County Fair, Greensboro, Georgia, 1941.

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    Sneaking a peek -

    A boy peers into the viewer of a peep show at the Imperial County Fair in El Centro, California, 1942.

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    How much is that doggie? -

    Westchester County Fair, dog show, New York.

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    Give me a ring -

    Men try a ring toss game at The Greene County Fair, Ohio, 1941.

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    Hog wild -

    Visiting the world's largest hog at the Shelby County Fair and Horse Show, Shelbyville, Kentucky, 1940.

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