Blue ribbons and butter cows, cotton candy and funnel cakes, lemon shake-ups and the lively midway, prize-winning pigs and apple pies.

These vivid mental pictures awaken our senses and bring back fond memories. No matter where you reside in the U.S., summertime means fair time.  My brother and sisters and I lived for the fairs -- the payoff for a long, hot summer of baling hay and cleaning pigpens. The state fair was our final fling before school began. Click the image below to read more.

Penning Pigs: Blue Ribbons and Butter Cows