Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Before that though I had been thinking of attending our state fair, it starts tomorrow. As a child I use to love going to the fair; all the visual stimulation, the melting pot of aromas, and of course all the freebies.
The thought occurred to me that each day the fair changes, how am I to pick the best day for my visit? What day would host the shows I really wanted to see? Yes, I let my fingers tickle the keys over the internet in search of what I deemed worthy shows. I’ll tell you right now, just slap me and knock the shock right off my face.
The shows I wanted to see are not those on the main drag or least they weren’t when I was a kid. What I wanted to see were those freak shows off the beaten path, the ones that made you think Boris Karloff was lurking in the wings. Do remember those?
The man who breathed fire or the lady who swallowed swords? The 600 pound man or the bearded lady? What happen to the mummy that most certainly was the missing link to humanity?
Though I must admit the animals were always my favorite. The chicken with two heads, the calf with five legs, the alligator with two tails, you get my meaning. What happen to all these?
Doing my research I could find no shows at this year’s fair that spark an interest. There wasn’t even a mentioned of the man who rode his motorcycle in that steel ball. Bummer!
What happen to all my fellow freaks? Wikipedia told me. Most of the animals were stage props, glad to learn that one. The man who breathed fire became a welder, the lady who swallowed swords now works at a knife shop in Knoxville, TN and the 600 pound man?
He married the bearded lady and they have a new reality show coming out this fall.
Now just in case you needed a rainbow for this hump day… Joplin, MO is going back to school today. That little community just goes to show what we all can achieve when we help our fellow man.