Kirstan Knowlton: It’s almost fair season

OK, so it’s only August, but these cooler nights have me thinking about my favorite time of year: fall.
But before you start throwing eggs at my car, let me explain.
I am by no means wishing away our beautiful summer season, but in my mind there is no comparison to the oversized sweater, brilliant fall foliage, and of course state fairs that this time of year is so well known for.
Of course I am a little bit biased. Growing up as a 4-H kid, my favorite time of year was always fair season.
I starting riding and showing horses when I was 8 years old, and I belonged to the Easy Riders 4-H Club out of Hopkinton. Beyond showing horses, our club also participated in grange booth displays, live demonstrations and even worked the ice cream parlor.
I can remember driving around the fair grounds on my riding instructor's golf cart ,delivering bowls of ice cream to ride operators and booth attendants. We just thought we were the coolest kids there.
One year, I even qualified to compete at states at the Deerfield Fair. I was so excited about going, but after all these years the memory that sticks out the most about that weekend was spending the night in the barns with my fellow 4-H members.
For me, the fairs bring back a sense of nostalgia and youth. Something we all try to hold on to for just a little while longer.
Even now that I am older and no longer competing in horseback riding events, it’s still a yearly tradition to visit the fairs.
Jamie and I have talked about going downstate to the Hopkinton State Fair to rekindle the memories from my youth, but you know what they say, “You can never go home again.”
But enough about the good old days! This weekend looks a little quieter, and it will be good opportunity to get those kids ready to go back to school.
If you’re looking to get your heart rate pumping and do a little good in the process, come out tonight on Thursday, Aug. 24, for the Give and Go 5K to benefit the Holt family.
This race allows participants to “give” a monetary donation of one’s choosing, which is being collected for the Holt family that recently lost their house in a fire, and then “go” for a walk or jog along a scenic course.
Participants are encouraged to register between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m. at the Edward Fenn Elementary School at 169 Main St. in Gorham. The race begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be no pre- registration for this race.
The course is stroller and pet friendly. Visit Facebook page RunForYou for up to date information.
Kirstan Knowlton writes a weekly column for The Berlin Sun. Her inspiration comes from events and people in the community who continue to work hard to make the North Country one of the best places to live. You can contact Kirstan by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..