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Old 08-07-2012, 07:20 PM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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My county fair is in sweltering July. You couldn't drag me to it in that heat. It's when the kids are home from school.
So there is more to it than north/south apparently, although I'm sure that is part of the reason. I couldn't imagine going to the fair in July, even at night really. Not enough air moving and it would still be 80 with 80% humidity until midnight. It's hot enough in early September.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:36 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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The Colorado State Fair starts Aug. 24. The county fairs are going on right now. Boulder County's just finished; Douglas County's is just starting (for example).
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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Growing up in the south, October was always one of my favorite months weather-wise. Seemed like a perfectly appropriate time for a fair.
In the upper midwest, you probably wouldn't want to wait that long. Some years might be okay, but it's highly unpredictable. It could easily be freezing and even snowy. The cold doesn't bother me, but even September might be a bit much for some people, in some years.
August usually is wind-down time for the heat, unlike the south where you've got another month or more past that. August in Wisconsin= late September/early October in much of the south.
Forecast for later this week in southern Wisconsin is highs in the 70's, and low's in the 50's. See? Late September weather.
In the north, they cram almost all their fairs and festivals in the time between Memorial and Labor days, state and county fairs included. Winters are long, and people come out of their hibernation in a big way before it gets cold again.
In the south, summers are long, and fair season is special because you can end the summer hibernation and finally go outside without a bucket of water to drink and a stack of towels to keep the sweat off.
I really did like that time of year down there. Football, school, county fairs, the summer funk is over... life came to life in autumn and things made sense if for just a little while.

Border states might be trickier. Missouri also has it's state fair this time of year, but it's usually still hot like July. I went one year and it seemed like they could stand to push it back to September.
I would say this same thing is applicable to much of the Lower Midwest in addition to Missouri. Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, and Nebraska could all afford to wait until September too. Also, central states is really a better term. Calling a state a border state in this day and age is like calling somebody a Republican based on what the term meant 150 years ago. All border states today lean either more southern, midwestern, or northeastern...that's an additional point as well...the North has never been unified in the sense of the South.

In this sense, MD, DE, and MO all lean to the midwest or northeast. Kentucky and West Virginia lean to the south.

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Old 08-08-2012, 03:12 PM
 
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I would say this same thing is applicable to much of the Lower Midwest in addition to Missouri. Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, and Nebraska could all afford to wait until September too. Also, central states is really a better term. Calling a state a border state in this day and age is like calling somebody a Republican based on what the term meant 150 years ago. All border states today lean either more southern, midwestern, or northeastern...that's an additional point as well...the North has never been unified in the sense of the South.

In this sense, MD, DE, and MO all lean to the midwest or northeast. Kentucky and West Virginia lean to the south.
Border state seems fair enough to me. It's a cultural thing, nothing to do with the Civil War. Arkansas is southern. Iowa is northern/midwestern or whatever. Missouri is the middle and has elements of both, so the term border state seems logical.
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Midtown Omaha
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It is almost entirely dependent on the harvest season I think. Farmers are much too busy in the fall to attend or display at a state or county fair.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:25 PM
 
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It is almost entirely dependent on the harvest season I think. Farmers are much too busy in the fall to attend or display at a state or county fair.
Isn't that part of a fair? To display stuff, from yields of the harvest to livestock? How can one display stuff before harvest?
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:34 PM
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Isn't that part of a fair? To display stuff, from yields of the harvest to livestock? How can one display stuff before harvest?
Lots of things are coming in right now. My garden has ripe tomatoes, green beans, and we've dug up a few potatoes.
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