First, I have to start off with the shows. They do host big-name performers nightly over the week and a half of the fair, but there are so many other shows to enjoy that are free or much cheaper than the concerts: acrobatics, up-and-coming bands, the ever-popular lumberjack show, and many more. This year we paid a small fee and watched a Knights of Valour jousting tournament complete with metal armor, brutal hits, competitors falling off horses, and an obstacle course of sorts! I did a good amount of cringing, especially for the competitor who got knocked off his horse FOUR times. We also watched an antique-tractor pull and saw a sawmill in action that was over a hundred years old. I love the small-town charm of events like that.
Of course, what would a fair be without rides? But these rides lift you into the atmosphere for a panoramic view of farmland bordered by huge, nearby mountains! A Ferris wheel ride is my favorite—relaxing, beautiful, and memorable.