It’s Illinois State Fair season here in Springfield. The city is, quite expectedly, abuzz. Ten days of butter cows, greasy foods, farm animals, cooking contests, junk vendors, beer tents and washed-up 80’s rock bands performing at the grandstand.
Do all 50 states have a state fair? I’m having a hard time imagining states that are mostly desert (like Nevada) having a state fair; state fairs are primarily about agricultre. Is there any agriculture in Nevada? Are there state fairs in wee little states like Rhode Island and Delaware?
Also, I note that Arkansas and Oklahoma have the Arkansas - Oklahoma State Fair in Fort Smith, Arkansas (on the OK/AR border). Cite? I’ve been there. Anyway, does each state have their own state fair plus the dual one in Ft. Smith? Or do they share the Ft. Smith one to save money?
For the states that have state fairs, where are they? Illinois’ is in Springfield, the capital. Missouri’s is in Sedalia (the capital of Missouri is Jefferson City).
Finally, I don’t understand a lot of the livestock judging. For example, last Wednesday was the day of the rabbit judging. I’ve seen rabbits before, and they all look about the same. Different colors, body shapes & sizes, yes. But what makes this 13-inch long, 5 pound black rabbit worth $7500 at auction (that’s what the grand champion went for) and that 13-inch long, 5-pound black rabbit destined for the stew pot?
If any of you Dopers are knowledgeable about these things, please help me out.