It was my first year ever attending the fair and most of it was spent working hot steel, but what I did see was something much different than what social media and the news would lead you to believe. I saw thousands, if not tens of thousands of people this week…white, black, Democrat, Republican, old, young, disabled, gay, straight, rednecks, hippies the list goes on and on. Mostly I just saw people who came out to have a good time, learn a little, and enjoy the company of neighbors, friends, and family.

What I didn’t see was judgement, racism, extremism, or hate. I didn’t see any fights over Confederate flags being sold, if people didn’t support that flag, they simply moved along. I didn’t see any arguments about politics, race, or any of the hot button issues the media is pushing. I did see some arguments over which rides to go on, and whether fried dough is better with cinnamon or sugar.

I saw smiles, and open hearts. Young children of all backgrounds being cared for and loved. I saw thousands upon thousands of people enjoying a step back in time to a simpler way of life. One that encourages hard work, and is backed by the entire community and mostly done by volunteering only for the sake of the future, and to carry on great American traditions. I saw people from all over the country talking to each other and relishing in what they have in common, not their differences. I heard all kinds of stories about loved ones passed and the legacies that live on. I saw people helping anyone, and I mean anyone in need.

While the times would lead you to believe hate is winning in this country, at the Delaware County Fair LOVE was the victor, and by an enormous margin.

Thanks to all the folks that worked so hard on their own dime to put this together. I am proud to be a little part of it, see you all next year.