It's the first colors of autumn in Mississippi, the lights on the rides and decorating the food booths at the State Fair. The trees have only begun to take on the blush of fall in early October, and not even all of them have started to turn. But the bright, colorful lights on the fair grounds are a cheerful reminder that the year is marching on and things are changing.
Most years the weather is excellent during fair week. Not too hot, not too cold, but just right. Just right for walking the midway and just being here with about 10 thousand other people who are thinking the same thing you are. Some are bolder and actually ride the rides. I'm sure they are a lot of fun. But I have long since passed the urge to try to prove something to anyone.
The food is fun. You pay prices you'd never pay at the grocery story for food you'd never eat at home. And probably SHOULDN'T eat for any sustained length of time.
The moon hangs high overhead, and so do some of the ride riders, adding their shrieks of delight in with the noise of the mechanisms and the flashing colorful lights and this must be what it's like inside a pinball machine.
Throw in the aroma of the food and the cool night air and it's State Fair. And State Fair is the first of the dominoes that will fall pretty quickly now, in succession, now. Next will be Halloween in no time. And before you can remember to take in the jack-o-lantern in off the front steps it will be Thanksgiving. And then Christmas. And by then, State Fair will be a distant memory. And yet, all of the rest of it will be here a lot quicker than you realize. Then it will be New Years and we get to do it all again!
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