You don't have to be 8, 15 or 18 years old to enjoy a county fair. You can be any age you want, as long as you love to see what youngsters have accomplished, bump into old friends and enjoy a lemon shake-up or cotton candy.
Each year our camera makes it to several county fairs. The goal is to make it to all fairs sooner or later – but that is a lofty goal.
Chances are you spend some time at your county fair. The unique thing about county fairs is that each one is different. If you get a chance visit another fair this year and see what it offers. Here's betting you will enjoy yourself.
If you want to plan your summer, a good place to start is on the Visit Indiana website. You can find dates for all Indiana county fairs there.
What will you see at Indiana County Fairs? Let's find out >>
First stop! Many people head straight for the show arena when they visit a county fair. Things were just gearing up at the Henry County Fair near New Castle when we visited in 2014.
Special moment. It's cool to see that moment when all the hard work of a young showman comes together, just as the judge approaches. This shot was from the Putnam County 4-H sheep show.
Real country. You know you are at a county fair when you see signs like this one – even on the back of a pickup window.
Good eats. If your cattle barn doesn't have a dairy barn that serves food inside it, you need one! This dairy booth at the Putnam County Fair was located inside the barn housing dairy cattle. It provided good eats and dairy promotion, all at the same time.
Tractors and more. What's a county fair without new equipment to look at? Farmers might drool over this tractor. Young children will want to visit the driver's seat. It's all part of the fair experience.
Showmanship matters. One of the highlights of many fairs is the Master Showmanship contest. The judge was putting contestants through the paces in this Master Showmanship contest at the Jackson County Fair in Brownstown in 2014.
Smile! You are supposed to be happy at fairs, right? Even the hay bale is happy. It was located near the Young MacDonald's Farm building at the Jackson County Fair. It's operated by the Brownstown Central, Crothersville, Seymour and Trinity Lutheran FFA Chapters.
What fairs are all about! Note the enthusiasm of these two young 4-H exhibitors bringing their corn to be judged at the Morgan County 4-H fair.
Proud exhibitors. They are serious about their 4-H crops projects in Franklin County. These three young men exhibited soybeans. You can find a whole building full of crops and garden exhibits at this fair at Brookville.
Old-fashioned display. They still take their ear corn displays seriously at the Rush County Fair in Rushville. Here are some displays from the 2014 fair.
Models and more. Here's a cool display a young 4-H'er exhibited at the Jay County Fair in Portland. This fair boasts a whole host of farm display scenes made by 4-H'ers.
What county fair is this? OK, you got us. It's not a county fair shot. It's at Pioneer Village at the Indiana State Fair. But it's a view not too many see – this is weeks before the actual fair opens.
Volunteers begin getting Pioneer Village ready for the state fair around the last week of this month. The Indiana State Fair is the culmination of all fairs in Indiana. This year's fair is August 7-23.