Scenes from the Country Fair

Michael P. Gadomski

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What could be more American than the country fair? For more than 250 years, local fairs have been a symbol of grassroots America. They're a place to show pride in the homegrown and handmade, connect with neighbors and friends, and compete for the best draft horses and dairy cows, pumpkins, and cherry pie. Photographs of 13 country fairs in eastern and central Pennsylvania capture scenes of farm implements, sideshows, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and the magic of the midway after dark. For young and old, urbanites and country folk, regular fair-goers and rookies, this book shows why millions of people across the nation flock to the fair and continue the competitions between neighbors and friends that have gone on for years—and sometimes generations.

Size: 9" x 9" | 165 color images | 112 pp
ISBN13: 9780764354809

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Michael P. Gadomski is a third-generation Pennsylvania native. He worked as a Pennsylvania state park ranger and naturalist for more than 25 years and has been a freelance writer and photographer for more than 40 years. His articles have appeared in publications such as the New York State Conservationist and Highlights for Children. His photography has been published worldwide in books, calendars, advertisements, interpretive displays, and magazines. He is the photographer/writer of seven coffee-table books: Wild Pennsylvania: A Celebration of Our State’s Natural Beauty, Philadelphia: Portrait of a City, The Catskills: A Photographic Portrait, Reserves of Strength: Pennsylvania’s Natural Landscape, Pittsburgh: A Renaissance City, The Poconos: Pennsylvania’s Mountain Treasure, and Pennsylvania: A Portrait of the Keystone State. His website is