Dutchess County Fair: Portrait of an American Tradition

Dutchess County Fair: Portrait of an American Tradition

by Molly Ahearn
     
 

Eighty-two contemporary black & white photographs by documentary photographer Molly Ahearn, plus maps, antique historical photographs and memorabilia, bring to life this delightful history of the Dutchess County (New York) Fair, an annual highlight of the Hudson River Valley summer season since 1842, with almost half a million visitors now passing through its gates… See more details below

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Eighty-two contemporary black & white photographs by documentary photographer Molly Ahearn, plus maps, antique historical photographs and memorabilia, bring to life this delightful history of the Dutchess County (New York) Fair, an annual highlight of the Hudson River Valley summer season since 1842, with almost half a million visitors now passing through its gates each year, making it the 2nd-largest agricultural event in NYS. Author Ahearn traces 166 years of fair history with such highlights as visits by Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, NYS governors Thomas Dewey and Averill Harriman, a "Talent Search" that discovered singer/songwriter Don McLean, and a colorful cast of stunt performers, snake charmers, "hootchy-kootchy" girls, and carney side-show acts. Photographer Ahearn captures the timeless memories of the fair--farm kids showing their animals and sleeping beside them in the tents, zany and hilarious sights on the midway, a draught-horse team thundering by, pig races, elephant rides, and summer fun as American as milkshakes and Ferris Wheel rides.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883789558
Publisher:
Black Dome Press, Corporation
Publication date:
07/05/2007
Pages:
122
Sales rank:
904,370
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.30(d)

What People are saying about this

Michael Christensen
"Molly Ahearn definitely wins the blue ribbon for this wonderful account!"--(Michael Christensen, co-founder of the Big Apple Circus)
Tom Odak
"Every one of these photographs holds thousands of memories. This is a book I will keep close at hand to share with family and friends, and to remember my own good times at the Dutchess County Fair."--(Tom Odak, Fair Manager/Secretary, 1979-2006)

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