One of the biggest events of the year is going on right now. Beijing may have the Summer Olympics, but Norwalk has the Huron County Fair.
Oh, sure, that was a pretty good opening ceremony they had in Beijing (the city formerly known as "Peking" when we studied China in social studies when I was a kid) and there will be almost every conceivable sport contested at the 2008 Olympics. But the fair is the place to be. Remember, you can't drive to Beijing, and they don't have a demolition derby.
My memories of a county fair go back many decades to Richland County. From being a spectator to a participant in 4-H, I became immersed in the fair from start to finish. Despite all those hours of involvement, and what seemed like as many hours on the road between Shiloh and Mansfield, we never stayed overnight at the fair. My dad could see nothing but folly in spending all that money on a camper we might only use one or two times each year.
A couple of years ago found us with a son very active in 4-H at the fair, myself wanting to spend more and more time there (and not just for the deep fried Oreos) and more and more hours on the road between rural Plymouth and Fair Road. We wanted to camp, but we had heard there was a long waiting list for camping sites.