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The Dutchess County Fair: portrait of an American tradition. SIGNED by author

Ahearn, Molly

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ISBN 10: 1883789559 / ISBN 13: 9781883789558
Published by Black Dome Press, Hensonville, NY, 2007
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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2800 PB shelf. Slim trade paperback, photo brick red covers. Signed to "Karen" on title pg in 2007. Clean text. With many historical b/w photos & some by the author. Index. Solid. Bookseller Inventory # 061173

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Title: The Dutchess County Fair: portrait of an ...

Publisher: Black Dome Press, Hensonville, NY

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Eighty-two contemporary black & white photographs by documentary photographer Molly Ahearn, plus maps, antique historical photographs and memorabilia, bring to life this delightful history of the Dutchess County (New York) Fair, an annual highlight of the Hudson River Valley summer season since 1842, with almost half a million visitors now passing through its gates each year, making it the 2nd-largest agricultural event in NYS. Author Ahearn traces 166 years of fair history with such highlights as visits by Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, NYS governors Thomas Dewey and Averill Harriman, a "Talent Search" that discovered singer/songwriter Don McLean, and a colorful cast of stunt performers, snake charmers, "hootchy-kootchy" girls, and carney side-show acts. Photographer Ahearn captures the timeless memories of the fair--farm kids showing their animals and sleeping beside them in the tents, zany and hilarious sights on the midway, a draught-horse team thundering by, pig races, elephant rides, and summer fun as American as milkshakes and Ferris Wheel rides.

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Step right up! A time-honored Hudson Valley tradition since 1842, the Dutchess County Fair is the most popular county fair in New York State. This historical account, illustrated with more than 130 antique and contemporary photographs, maps, and memorabilia, shows why almost a half-million people go through the turnstiles each year. As you savor this book, you’ll remember the thrill of your first carnival ride, the taste of your first milkshake, or the time the 1,000-pound pig got loose. It’s a treasure trove of lively anecdotes and fun facts. Find out what songwriter Don McLean and Teddy Roosevelt have in common. Discover why F.D.R. was fascinated with a horse named St. John the Baptist. Guess if the Curtiss biplane or the 45-horse-powered Fiat won the race around the half-mile horse track.Molly Ahearn’s photographs document profound and humorous scenes alike. Walk with her through the fairgrounds and witness the serenity of a young shepherdess resting her head on her goat’s belly, sense the power of a six-horse harness team racing along the track, laugh at the row of shooters’ derrières as they squirt midway clowns, and share the delight of a toddler driving his own race car.“In my youth, I met many enlightened and idiosyncratic artists and thinkers along the Hudson River. Nothing like this has happened to me since and I treasure this time in my life because of these people.” Don McLean, recording artist, “discovered” at the Dutchess County Fair in 1964 “Every one of these photographs holds thousands of memories. This is a book I will keep close at hand to share with family and friends, and to remember my own good times at the Dutchess County Fair.” Tom Odak, Fair Manager/Secretary, 1979–2006 “Molly Ahearn definitely wins the blue ribbon for this wonderful account!” Michael Christensen, co-founder of the Big Apple Circus Step right up! A time-honored Hudson Valley tradition since 1842, the Dutchess County Fair is the most popular county fair in New York State. This historical account, illustrated with more than 130 antique and contemporary photographs, maps, and memorabilia, shows why almost a half-million people go through the turnstiles each year. As you savor this book, you’ll remember the thrill of your first carnival ride, the taste of your first milkshake, or the time the 1,000-pound pig got loose. It’s a treasure trove of lively anecdotes and fun facts. Find out what songwriter Don McLean and Teddy Roosevelt have in common. Discover why F.D.R. was fascinated with a horse named St. John the Baptist. Guess if the Curtiss biplane or the 45-horse-powered Fiat won the race around the half-mile horse track.Molly Ahearn’s photographs document profound and humorous scenes alike. Walk with her through the fairgrounds and witness the serenity of a young shepherdess resting her head on her goat’s belly, sense the power of a six-horse harness team racing along the track, laugh at the row of shooters’ derrières as they squirt midway clowns, and share the delight of a toddler driving his own race car.“In my youth, I met many enlightened and idiosyncratic artists and thinkers along the Hudson River. Nothing like this has happened to me since and I treasure this time in my life because of these people.” Don McLean, recording artist, “discovered” at the Dutchess County Fair in 1964 “Every one of these photographs holds thousands of memories. This is a book I will keep close at hand to share with family and friends, and to remember my own good times at the Dutchess County Fair.” Tom Odak, Fair Manager/Secretary, 1979–2006 “Molly Ahearn definitely wins the blue ribbon for this wonderful account!” Michael Christensen, co-founder of the Big Apple Circus

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